A good link from Peter Hitchens. His paper is at page 187 of the Civitas publication and well worth reading.
A recent excellent Civitas pamphlet – a series of essays on ‘The Ins and Outs of Selective Secondary Schools’ , including one by me, is now readable in full on the web, here
I fear, Oberkommandant Backside that our cover has been blown due to poor choices in plants. My mission to peacefully integrate the United Kingdom into a greater German Empire has not gone as planned. In shame, I will resign from the mission and go into self-imposed exile in China. I regret that my failure will lead to Germany’s continued Orkney Cheddar deprivation. The fault, however, is not entirely my own. Your choice of Dougal MacDog as mole was a poor one indeed. Also, you seriously underestimated the abilities of Scotland’s two finest Mi6 agents, Mr and Mrs Mackie.
The waiting is almost over and the premier cricket event of the year is about to start.
I refer, of course, to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2015 which start tomorrow. There are lots of mouth-watering fixtures to come over the next fortnight. We kick off against the UAE and the match next week between the USA and Jersey looks particularly tasty.
To be fair and given our weather at present, most of the games will probably be rained off so I may have to seek other entertainment.
There seems to be a match going on just now between England and some touring Colonial side. I suppose I could check it out.
Greece has voted “oxi” to the EU’s demands. Fair enough, they’ve achieved nothing but making an already bad situation infinitely worse over the past 6 years. Over the last week there were countless threats from all corners of the Old Continent should the Hellenes not bow to the pressure of the Huns and Allies. So will the sky now fall? Will the Flying Dutchman sail on Syntagma Square? Will Godzilla tear down the Acropolis? Or will, in extremis, the Bank of Greece simply print 20-euro notes by the stone? It’s worth keeping in mind that the Latin Monetary Union collapsed after Greece and Italy printed banknotes past the last inch of credibility.
It is 99 degrees here in Germany with high humidity. We have no air-conditioning and all fans are sold out. I will shortly lock myself into a cellar.
We have all heard of the expression “going down like a lead balloon”, have we not?
Well, some students at the University of Bristol have managed to make a lead balloon fly. Is nothing sacred?????
The Lead Balloon.
Opium is grown in Oxfordshire for one of the drug companies or maybe the NHS. Maybe we should just import it from Afghanistan ?
See pics taken yesterday. Whittenham Clumps in the background.
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about India. It started with Basil LubbocK’s “The Opium Clippers’ generated by my interest in all things maritime. Reading this book led at a tangent to the opium wars and then to India.
Just finished Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy which was quite entertaining then started Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet and by God can Scott write !? He leaves Ghosh and quite a few others (including E M Forster for dead) he left school at 14 and did not matriculate. Both Ghosh and Forster were graduates indeed Ghosh is an Oxford D Phil and FRSL.
Just goes to show. You’ve either got it or you ain’t.