When my local floodgates opened First of all, where do all these bloody "Gates" come from? They are clearly not all offspring of Bill & Melinda, so what’s the deal? I was reading Caitlin Johnstone's recent blog on Obamagate https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/05/14/why-obamagate-will-never-lead-to-anything-of-significance/, which is well worth a read by the way, when her use of the word … Continue reading Floodgates, Watergates, Surrogates, and Castigates
Category: Humourous social observation
♫ No, you’re not too late to isolate, the natives are just dying♫
Apologies to Bruce Springsteen and to Mary, Queen of Arkansas This line, the original being No, you're not too late to desecrate, the servants are just rising, has been one that has stuck with me for years. It and its variants, have sprung, unbidden, into my head at all sorts of times, including in an … Continue reading ♫ No, you’re not too late to isolate, the natives are just dying♫
Hurrah! – I’ve just tested positive for the Campari virus
An attempt to lift the spirits* * Warning: some readers may find this article upsetting as it sets out to use the language of the Corona Virus outbreak humorously in the context of drinking alcohol at home during lockdown. I think I picked up the virus fairly recently on one of my trips to Italy, … Continue reading Hurrah! – I’ve just tested positive for the Campari virus
Measure for Measure – or not quite?
contains no added corona. This all started because my wife made an off the cuff remark about teaspoons getting smaller. Not the spoons that sit around in saucers, nor even the silver jobs that sit in the mouths of the over-privileged, but rather the items that the cooks among us use to measure materials repeatedly … Continue reading Measure for Measure – or not quite?
Even the sheep are in Flockdown
Journal into the Unknown...(8) I have dropped into a fairly healthy habit of early rising and getting out onto the byways around my neck of the woods before most of my neighbours get out of bed in the mornings. This is the time that I choose to exercise my right to exercise. It also means … Continue reading Even the sheep are in Flockdown
I gotta get outta this place, if it’s the last thing I ever do!
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!
Language is just a virus – and there is a new wave of “Emics” on the way!
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!
Grow with the Flow…an almost Virus-free posting
Well, where do I start? Or more to the point, where did I start? Not quite here, because this is Clapham Junction but it is pretty close to where I grew up and even closer to where I went to school. https://visitclaphamjunction.com/about/the-junction-history The wrong side of the tracks? I think my old dad would have … Continue reading Grow with the Flow…an almost Virus-free posting
Journal into the unknown continues… Homage to Catatonia
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
Never mind the quality, feel the width!
Or, Look over there it's a Unicorn sitting on a Rainbow! When I was young it struck me that I was quite often chastised for emulating something that some adult or other had done or said. Now, being what was to be later called a bit of a Bolshie, I expressed my concerns about how … Continue reading Never mind the quality, feel the width!