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The Kiss

July 29, 2014 15 comments

You can take your pick from the usual suspects over which screen kiss/kissing is the most passionate it is harder to choose the best song with the word kiss in the title. As the clientele around here is of a certain age and in all likelihood have a hot chocolate before bed I take it that it’ll be It Started with a Kiss for you. Or something from further back in the mists of time. Ahh, Hovis, Dvorak and a boy with a bike.

Me, I’d give second place to The Judas Kiss by Metallica and number one to this slice of B-movie magnificence.

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Dear Sir/Madam

July 24, 2014 34 comments

It was bound to happen. Father Time. Time waits for nobody. Every day you get older, that’s a fact and so on and so forth. Well, that day has come to pass.

Old(ish) respectable me has been asked to give someone a character reference for a job. He’s definitely scraping the bottom of the bucket coming to me but I will still do my utmost to help this acquaintance. And then I remembered I’ve forgotten how to write a letter. The bottom bit anyway.

Is it yours sincerely or yours faithfully? From what I recall being taught it’s sincerely for addressing a friend and faithfully for a formal business letter. But this was back in the dark ages. Language mutates. Going against all my principles I googled. And as I expected google clouded the matter further. Too many minds out there offering advice. Information overload. Every man and his dog has an opinion.

One school told me that If my name was mentioned in correspondence (it was) and the sender gives his name (he did) I should reply with a sincerely. I much prefer the old fashioned faithfully, however, another board said faithfully has been dropped like third year French and replaced by “yours truly” for a business letter.

I think I’ll go for a “yours &c”

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Spamalot in reverse!

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July 22, 2014 10 comments

Watching Sky Sports news yesterday evening Jim White (that’s him on the left) told us that a famous footballer for some football club or other would be out of action for a period of time because of “a broken 5th metatarsal.”

He then went on to add “I didn’t even know that we had 5 of them”

Was this an attempt at humour? Or just plain ignorance?

Well I have news for you Jim, we all actually have 10 of them! Which would appear to be more than the number of brain cells required to sit in your chair.

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I seriously don’t get this. Re M17

There seems to be a constant litany of complaint that bodies have been moved and some taken to the morgue.  Also the site has not been safeguarded for the powers that be.  Russia is behind the whole thing etc etc.

I have the following questions.

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Another one

July 17, 2014 28 comments

Early reports in the past hour indicate that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has been shot down over Ukraine with the loss of all 298 souls on board. It was at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet when contact was lost and is a tragedy for the families and for Malaysian Airlines after the loss of MH370.

In my previous incarnation when I flew around the world several times a year, I often looked down from a similar height or above on thousands of square miles of nothingness, just wondering if some illiterate raghead, out of his skull on arak or worse, would look up from his flock, see some twinkly lights in the sky, burp and shoulder his missile launcher just for fun.

Likewise coming back into London, flying finals at 5,000 feet and 150 knots over Hounslowistan with gear, flaps and spoilers extended. It don’t take much for one of the ‘Allah akbar’ brigade to ask the mullahs for a missile.

Rather glad I’m no longer required to make such flights.


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An Absent Friend

July 17, 2014 17 comments

It was the good old, bad old days. I had been introduced to MyT by my wife’s godson who sat fairly close to Ped at the launch in the DT offices. Still got the online photo to prove it. I arrived at the MyT party in due course and have enjoyed the frivolity and gadflying therein and hereon ever since. I have mainly kept my anonymity.

Proper name disclosed by e-mail to hmb, Brendano, Ferret, Bearsy and Boadicea. I have met the aforementioned uxorial godson and Ferret in person. I have heard the voices of Ara and Bilby chatting in their garden in an audio posting and I have spoken on the phone to godson and Ferret. Read more…

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July 12, 2014 14 comments

Firstly let me make it absolutely clear that this post has absolutely nothing to do with Elton John, gay marriage, the adoption of babies by same sex couples, the B&B in Cornwall nor the ridiculous furore which has erupted this week over the Belfast bakery which refused to put “I love gays” or some such on their cakes. No, it’s about my mate Pete. Read more…

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Enter the Gorgon

July 7, 2014 6 comments

It was with great sadness that I said farewell to my oldest son as he recently moved out to live with his girlfriend/fiancée. Friends consoled me by stating that he’ll be back and actually the family will get bigger not smaller when they return with gobs of squabs of their own. That may be so but right now we are a man down. My sons and I like the same music, same TV shows and have a similar sense of humour. Neymar Jrs. Back, we sometimes even play in the same five-a-side team (I get the feeling I’m picked to make up the numbers. I’m only told there‘s a game on at the last minute).

So he’s gone and there’s space. Space. There’s a spare room. Read more…

As true now as it was 50 years ago

Many of you may have seen this before, but it bears repeating, the more times the better, until people take note of it.

Management Reporting

In the beginning was the Plan
And then came the Assumptions.
And the Assumptions were without form.
And the Plan was without substance.
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