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Yes, I know what I said……

July 27, 2015 9 comments

But some news can’t be allowed to pass without comment.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/denmark-bans-halal-and-kosher-slaughter-as-minister-says-animal-rights-come-before-religion-9135580.html

At last a gubmint has found the stones to do what has been crying out for attention for decades.

Supernaturalists use their ‘faith’ to ‘justify’ everything from female genital mutilation to polygamy and the cruel slaughter of animals for food. Frankly I don’t care about their weird practices in general but I care very much when there are innocent victims, either human or animal who/which are given no choice in the matter.

Hurray for commonsense and b*gger the protestors! Yes, you too, rabbi!

Men in white coats

July 3, 2014 16 comments

With their being no National Service anymore I have no experience of the military. While I could have enlisted voluntarily I preferred to be a civilian. This doesn’t mean I can’t daydream. And the best place to do this is in the dentist’s chair.

I haven’t been to the dentist for over a year, missing out on two regular six month check-ups. It’s not fear of Dr. Christian Szell that kept me away it was his frontline troops I couldn’t handle; the Checkpoint Charlie receptionists are a dour-faced lot. Read more…

Stand up and be elected

October 2, 2013 4 comments

It’s refreshing to see that the worlds of politics and entertainment are finally merging with Backside’s hero – the toffs’ answer to Russell Brand – threatening to return to the House to lead the ever-amusing Tories into the next election.

So all together now!


Bring me Sunshine, in your smile,
Bring me Laughter, all the while,
In this world where we live, there should be more happiness,
So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow……..

Repeat ad nauseam

Even Boney had ’em

October 1, 2013 2 comments

People dressed as members of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's Old Guard

Moles, I mean.

Cheats always prosper

September 30, 2013 4 comments

Human nature stinks so often, especially in so-called sport.

I always think of Dean Richards, the Leicester, England and Lions no. 8 who starred in the Bloodgate Incident; and Luis Suarez, the mercurial Uraguayan footballer who has an outstanding record of crossing the line. (Don’t even mention the countless cyclists.)

Both of my named cheats are now ‘reinstated’ and prospering. Does that mean we are expected to forget their transgressions? Is it OK to ‘put your hands up’ when you’re caught and go back to ‘normality’?

I don’t think so.

To Google or not…

September 29, 2013 9 comments

There are an estimated one billion Google searches a day, give or take a few million either way. I am delighted to be in the minority of internet users that do not use the search engine’s facility. For the record I also don’t Ask Jeeves or use the other lesser-known singing search machines like Bing, Sinatra or Dean Martin. I am of the opinion that if I am in the dark, I’ll stay there. Where is it said that you need to know everything? Read more…

Just call me Sir

September 29, 2013 3 comments

My headline is a quote from the ever charming PoW, addressed to his first wife; but it is also my own reply to this delicious BBC piece about French waiters.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130918-is-this-the-end-of-the-rude-parisian-waiter

Are the Froggies finally seeing the error of their ways? I doubt it but it’s fun to watch them squirm.

The UN explained for Marvin

September 25, 2013 1 comment

I like Kofi, you like Ki
We both like se-cur-i-tee!

Light blue hats at border posts
They’re the troops we love the most!

When the shells begin to fly
They’re off home – no fond good-bye!

I like Kofi, you like Ki
We both like se-cur-i-tee!

The Charioteer in the clown’s house was right

September 23, 2013 5 comments

A bunch of us held a gathering at the local McDonald’s where a wide range of topics was discussed. After we had exhausted the serious issues of our time -and polished off a burger or six- we started to talk about television shows and the Emmy awards. I was congratulated on predicting two of the winners long before the short list was announced. Furthermore, these were my only two predictions and both long shots; every man and his dog could have picked Breaking Bad.
http://charioteers.org/2012/09/10/emmy-award-prediction/
http://charioteers.org/2013/07/27/he-got-a-gun-he-got-a-gun-everybodys-got-guns/

One of the members asked if I had insider knowledge. I said I was not at liberty to answer that. A few extra McFlurries were used as a bribe but I stuck to my guns and kept schtum. They’re now convinced I’m in the screenwriter’s guild because I didn’t break the unwritten code of conduct and spill the ketchup, I mean beans.

My dad says…….

September 22, 2013 1 comment

Boys watch Bolivian dancers perform

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