The wall on which the prophet wrote Is cracking at the seams. Upon the instruments of death The sunlight brightly gleams. When every man is torn apart With nightmares and with dreams, Will noone lay the laurel wreath When silence drowns the screams. Confusion will be my epitaph, As I crawl a cracked and broken … Continue reading RIP, Greg Lake
I use an ad blocker when I can. I'll often come across sites that notice this and put up little pleas for me to turn it off. I'm sympathetic to their request, of course. In fact, the blocker I use incorporates a whitelist that allows certain ads to show up — ads that don't go … Continue reading On Ad Blocking
Thing is, this is actually a pretty embarrassing thing to admit... I need a time machine. I need to go back in time and confront my old Eng. Lit. teacher. I need him to explain why the hell he allowed me to remain ignorant of the works of Dylan Thomas for 45 years. Enbarrassingly, I … Continue reading I need a time machine
The EU referendum in the UK has resulted in a phenomenon that, quite frankly, baffles me: the mass worship of the Holy Plebiscite.
"Turn left here." "But the sign says ‘DANGER: weak bridge liable to collapse’." "They’re just scaremongering. They want you to take the toll road."... "Johnny, don’t run across the busy road." "Stop scaremongering, dad. I can dodge them easily."... "Keep clear, that’s a high-tension cable." "Stop scaremongering, I’m wearing rubber boots."... "The sign says that … Continue reading Scaremongering
We are in receipt of your request for government funding to make up the shortfall resulting from the loss of EU monies. As you know, when you voted to leave the EU, you very generously also signed up for the package whereby the government diverted all the money that it formerly paid in EU membership … Continue reading Dear Cornwall
I'm seeing a lot of posts on social media about the UK vote to leave the EU being a victory for democracy, or democracy in action or some such bollocks. OK, if this was democracy, who is accountable? Who do I vote against if it all goes tits up? Who do we kick out of power … Continue reading Ah, “democracy”, eh?
I find the "willing suspension of disbelief" when reading fiction very odd. Not odd that it's necessary for enjoyment of the story, but that the limits to how much disbelief we will suspend are so variable. The amount of sheer... rubbish... that we can accept in a good book can be enormous, yet at other … Continue reading On suspending disbelief
I bought a new lawnmower a few days ago. The old one was past it and needed to be retired, so I took the opportunity of a 15% off weekend to nip down to Homebase and get a new one. As with so many large-ish purchases, you stand there in the shop, looking at this … Continue reading How long is a piece of flex?
after exploding at the thought of the Saudi ambassador taking part in a march in support of the the right to free expression two days after his country gave Raif Badawi the first 50 of 1,000 lashes (and 10 years in prison) for the crime of exercising his right to free expression.