By way of introduction I was checking out "The Shambles" in York for a precursor to this piece when I stumbled across The Great Flesh Shambles. Not literally you understand, because that would be pretty gruesome, as this was the original name for The Shambles, describing a lane brimming over with butchers shops and all … Continue reading Tell me Prime Minister, what is your favourite colour? The nation has a right to know.
Rant of the day 19/12/2020: He's forever blowing baubles I have an idea. Let central government set and publish a policy and let local government implement it. Radical I know but it should be possible shouldn’t it? Especially in an environment where we are told that the government is following “The Science”. My response to … Continue reading Johnson’s Vacillation programme
Hi there, CYRUS in his finery My name is Cyrus, I'm the COVID virus and I'm just sick of everything being dumped on my doorstep! Sure, I'm a pretty efficient virus and I've spread myself over most of your world in the past year, but not without a lot of help, and certainly not without … Continue reading Why is everybody always picking on me? by Cyrus the Virus
Can we reschedule Christmas? I started to read the UK Government’s brand new, super-duper, English only, National Backdown, sorry Lockdown, scheme, which has all the hallmarks of a thoroughly thought through, back-of-a-fag-packet policy, with all the T’s dotted and probably all the eyes crossed - certainly mine were after reading the first few paragraphs! A … Continue reading Here comes my umpteenth National Lockdown…..ish
I lie, you lie, low. Brought to you by Dom and Dummer – as straight as a hairpin bend on the A67 - with support from The Cabinet of Curiosities A song for the easily-led, concocted in just one afternoon but no-one can remember the details of quite how it was done. I intended to … Continue reading Old Man Cummings had a farm…
Journal into the unknown...(7) Don't fence me in... It is certainly reasonable to argue that the UK Virus episode started with a belated recognition that we were to be swept up in a Pandemic, which has rapidly progressed to a state, best described as Pandemonic. That is from a state where the virus was prevalent … Continue reading I gotta get outta this place, if it’s the last thing I ever do!
Laurie Anderson once spoke about language being a virus from outer space, but I don't think even she was fluent in Covid. Big Science, and let's face it, these days Epidemiology is THE Big Science, is revelling in its new found spotlight. You have to admire the gusto with which its exponents polish up old … Continue reading Language is just a virus – and there is a new wave of “Emics” on the way!
What an upside-down world we live in! We have The Chancellor of The Exchequer of The United Kingdom, appearing on video on the State Broadcaster, extolling the achievement of an admirable man, Captain Tom Moore, who has raised over £23 Million walking around his back yard. Captain Tom is 99 years old and was accompanied … Continue reading Ground control to Captain Tom
5000 years on All sorts of trials and tribulations have beset this gruesome race of ours, most of them caused by our own ignorance and greed. Almost every generation has had to face its Waterloo, to wage war on some dreadful disease or other, and they almost always use exactly this kind of terminology. There … Continue reading “Be Prepared” – Clearly the UK is no Boy Scout
George Orwell, now that's one Blair I do have time for! Who would have thought that having free time would be such a problem? It has made me think quite a lot about Orwell's take on the world and I am struck with the way day-to-day priorities change with circumstances. No through road to Wigan … Continue reading Journal into the unknown continues… Homage to Catatonia