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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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November 4, 2020 2 comments

We have family in the USA who voted for Biden, and family who voted for Trump. I wouldn’t want to upset any of them, so all I will say is this:

My boy Sunny is not qualified to run for President on four grounds. He wasn’t born there, he doesn’t live there, he’s too young, and he’s a dog. Pity, for he has other qualities that would put him at the head of the field. He’s brave, he’s never dissembled, he’s never cheated, and he’s never told a lie.

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October 1, 2020 7 comments

We have a very nice, conscientious postperson. She has just dropped my mail through my letterbox. My video doorbell clocked her in at 18:27.

I am not having a go at her, not at all. Nor am I unappreciative of the national emergency. However the decline in the quality of the Royal Mail and Post Office services in rural areas has nothing do with that. It has been continuous for several years. We have been virtually abandoned without apparent concern.

What is the point of a national postal service when its only function appears to be the delivery of junk mail?

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What in the world?

December 29, 2019 1 comment

Trans man gives birth after using female sperm donor
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December 8, 2019 Leave a comment

This is a sad story, but it reflects on a world I don’t know. I suspect that if I did I wouldn’t understand it.

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Furryboots is that?

December 6, 2019 Leave a comment

The reopening of Aberdeen Art Gallery is a good moment to focus on the city’s wider cultural scene, and its great food, drink and shopping
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November 29, 2019 1 comment

Greta Thunberg named author of the year by Waterstones
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These people are mad, but they’re elected

November 29, 2019 Leave a comment
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Biggar all

November 16, 2019 9 comments

My thanks to everyone who came to the launch of ‘The Bad Fire’, in Atkinson Pryce, my favourite book shop. Long live the independents. A special nod to Alex and Peter. Long time neither see.

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Out today

November 14, 2019 2 comments

Today’s the day for ‘The Bad Fire’ AKA Skinner 31, in which an old foe returns in a new guise. The event is marked by a interview with The Crime Hub. You can access it below.

Interview with Quintin Jardine

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As some are ….

November 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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And there are more

November 12, 2019 Leave a comment
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November 11, 2019 Leave a comment
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November 7, 2019 Leave a comment

‘I cannot stand that pr*ck a minute longer’ says Tom Watson
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It was the third bottle of Rioja…..

November 4, 2019 Leave a comment
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November 2, 2019 2 comments

What goes ‘Beep beep. Beep beep. Beep beep’?

England Rugby’s open top bus reversing back into its parking place.

Categories: Sport

Shame on you, Oliver. As if giving us the Poll Tax wasn’t enough.

October 19, 2019 1 comment

I am not in Dis-United Kingdom at the moment. I am in Catalunya which has its own troubles but that doesn’t stop me from being outraged by the shenanigans in our Parliament this afternoon.

I worked in that environment in the eighties when it was populated by serious people and when Oliver Letwin was a twerp in Maggie’s policy unit in Number 10. He wasn’t any old twerp, though, for it was he who recommended to his mistress that she use Scotland as a test bed for the Poll Tax.

That goes to show, rather spectacularly, that he doesn’t always get it right, as he proved yet again this afternoon when the dimwit pulled a stroke which condemns us to yet more Westminster chaos, to the delight of the minority who believe that marching through London waving EU flags and demanding something that was rejected at a referendum is in any way democratic.

Categories: General, Politics


October 17, 2019 Leave a comment

I reckon I am an unlucky flyer. I always seem to be in the row in front of the arseholes who don’t know how to behave on aircraft, the middle aged blokes travelling together who think it’s all right to take on a few bevvies of a morning and invade the privacy of everyone around them.

Today the arsehole behind me was around six four. He thought the my seat was a rest for his knees all the way to Girona, while his mates were telling their stories to the whole fucking plane.

My hope is that when we fly back next week he’s in the seat in front of me. I do not get mad, I get even.

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October 11, 2019 Leave a comment

If Samoa beat Ireland without conceding a losing bonus point, Scotland will settle happily for a cancellation and two points.

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