Archive for December, 2020

The Omen

December 29, 2020 Leave a comment

Walking Sunny today I slipped on a steep muddy path. I pretty much totalled my left leg from the knee down; more than that, my jeans are the worse for wear.

They’re my best pair, by Pierre Cardin. When my phone told me that he had died, well, that felt pretty strange.

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Or Aldi

December 22, 2020 Leave a comment
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December 19, 2020 Leave a comment

Best tv ad just now: LIDL. It has a moment that really sticks it to its main rival.

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Obscene or crazy or both?

December 15, 2020 Leave a comment

Premier League: Clubs pay £263m to agents in 2019-20 – BBC Sport
— Read on

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Much call for ferrets?

December 14, 2020 Leave a comment

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December 14, 2020 1 comment

I found the following online today, referring to the Trump administration and its policy of fast-tracking Federal executions.

“ It is worth noting that these executions have all occurred during the pandemic, at a time when states have stopped conducting executions due to the health risks involved.”

That’s an admirable, if ironic, policy. Let’s hope it spreads.

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December 13, 2020 Leave a comment

New twist in ‘Wagatha Christie’ legal clash between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

We are prisoners and victims of a global pandemic, our economy is goosed, we are on verge of an uncertain exit from the EU with unfathomable consequences, but at least the lawyers are happily coining it.

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Cheaters usually win

December 13, 2020 5 comments

English football community says endlessly that its is the best league in the world. It isn’t. It is disfigured by a conning culture; the slightest contact is penalised by full-time professional officials whose livelihoods depend on the approval of their supervisors, and most of it is contrived or simulated. Refs seem afraid to apply basic common sense, and the sad thing is that the most experienced are the most guilty.

Tiny Wharton must be turning in his grave.

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Pets hated

December 13, 2020 3 comments

You know we’ve reached peak frenzy when Kay Burley’s night out feels like mass murder

I don’t know which I dislike more: the vicious, vacuous Camilla Long or Kay Burley. Let’s call it a draw.

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Time up

December 12, 2020 Leave a comment

Closing in on 4000 career yellow cards, over 100 red cards: Mike Dean needs to be subbed.

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December 12, 2020 Leave a comment
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0800 030 8013

December 11, 2020 1 comment

The above is the number for the Covid vaccine help line. I called it today because my wife is on the priority list and so am I, as an unpaid carer.

There is one question that nobody seems able to answer, hence my call. We will be contacted, they say, through the NHS. However, all my interaction as a carer is through the local authority, and there is no bridge between the two. In other words, how will the NHS know who to contact?

I was connected, no problem, sat through the introductory chat, and selected the appropriate option. It rang for thirty seconds, maximum, until a voice announced, ‘I’m sorry , there is no one available to take your call. Goodbye.’ Buzzzzzz.

I have to say, that doesn’t fill me with confidence.

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Triple standards

December 10, 2020 Leave a comment

I don’t like Ms Burley, but her tweeted announcement gave me a good laugh. I do like Beth Rigby, but I don’t understand why she’s only been benched for three months, given that she seems to have been equally guilty just by being there.

There’s a further comparison I can’t help making, with Dr Calderwood, the Scottish Government CMO. Her offence was less serious than the Sky birthday bash, yet it cost her her job.

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December 9, 2020 2 comments

It’s not an absolute truth but a heavy probability: that in Colin Farrell movies his character will wind up dead.

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December 8, 2020 Leave a comment

Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier, dies aged 97
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A legend, and that’s not a word I use too often. If you don’t know his story, watch The Right Stuff.

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Why stop there?

December 8, 2020 Leave a comment

National Lottery minimum age to rise from 16 to 18 next year
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Merry Christmas

December 7, 2020 1 comment

T’is the season to be jolly, unless you happen to be Boris.

If you are in search of a distraction from the carnival of despair that 2020 has been, and care to glance into the future, my seasonal short story, ‘Skinner’s Elves’, is back in the kindle store, priced as low as Amazon will let me.

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