Enough Said

In days of old, we had kingdoms that were ruled by kings.We had empires that were ruled by emperors.Now we have countries, ruled by er……..

Who Are These Experts?

Modern life is confusing. In my lifetime, the growth in media channels and output they provide has been fierce. Growing up in the 60s & 70s our sources of information were 2 TV channels, the radio, newspapers and Ethel. Ethel lived across the road from us and had the only house in the street with…

Is Sex Really Worth It?

Boy George once said that he’d much rather have a nice cup of tea instead. John Lydon – or Johnny Rotten as he was at the time – referred to it as ‘Two minutes and fifty seconds of squelching noises.’ So is doing the horizontal quickstep really worth all the fuss? As a middle-aged bachelor,…

Who are ‘people’??

I read a fair few news articles these days – yes my life is that damned sad. Very often I see phrases of the type “30% of people believe….” or “People feel that….”, “People have complained about…” and “People are outraged over…” A simple question – who are these ‘people’? Where do they come from?…

Where The Sun Don’t Shine

I was recently ‘invited’ by the local NHS to have my lower bowel screened for cancer in a fortnight’s time. Thankfully the invite did not include a ‘plus one.’ Dear Reader, I apologise now if you’re eating. In order to prepare myself on the day of glory, I have to give myself an enema and…

Forgiveness Has a Limit

Much is being made of Shamima Begum’s attempts to come back to the UK. On the one hand we have people saying that we should show the world how tolerant we are and let her come ‘home’. On the other hand, people are saying that she shouldn’t be let back in. Normally I am all…

Friday Rant – Gender

Gender. What is it with bloody gender these days and why are people so prissy about it? Don’t get me wrong, I am pleased for people to be who they want to be but if you innocently use the wrong term in a Facebook post or miss a letter from an acronym, you get pilloried…

Can’t Cook, Shouldn’t Cook…II

Part 2 – More sponge puddings, Wacky Cake and cruelty to animals. We had a lot of sponge puddings when I was growing up. They hadn’t started life as puddings though. All were Mum’s attempts at producing light, airy sponges of the cake variety. Unfortunately, instead of falling out of the baking tins on to…

The Cat’s Rule Book – Rules 21 to 25

Rule #21In general, we cats enjoy a degree of variety in our diets. Some humans have difficulty in understanding this. Therefore, if you are offered the same flavour of food more than once in any given week, sniff the food to confirm your suspicions and then walk away. It is customary to employ a dismissive…

The Cat’s Rule Book – Rules 16 to 20

Rule #16 It is well known that humans undergo various forms of treatments, analysis and mental therapy. Thoughtfully humans now recognise the need for any cat to also fully express itself in a safe and controlled environment. Anger, rage, contempt and even manic behaviour can all be fully and safely expressed in these special areas…