The Importance of Team Sports

My son will be 10 at the end of December, and after several years of him asking to join a football team, I finally relented and found him a club for this season. (By football, I mean the game that is called “soccer” in some parts of the world—the one that’s actually played with one’s feet rather than one’s hands, hence the name. This is the first and last time you’ll hear me call it soccer)

Smells like Dad Spirit

This morning, on the School Run, I had the music on my phone playing on shuffle through my car stereo via Bluetooth rather than listening to the radio and Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit” came on. As the intro faded into the angst-ridden first verse I said to my son, “One of the best songs […]

Is it any Wonder People Think the System is Broken.

This article in the Left leaning New Statesman rules out any cooperation between what are likely to be the two parties the largest number of MPs after the next election. But for me, the quote from it that sums up all that is wrong with the British political system is this… “If on May 8 […]

There’s Nothing So British as a Charity Nude Calender

Ever since the Calender Girls of a branch of the Women’s Institute in Yorkshire stripped off to raise money for Cancer Research via a tasteful nude calender in 1999, the whole nude calender thing has become a bit of a British Tradition – and 2015 is no exception. Below are a few pictures from a selection of […]

4 Months of This…

I saw this, frankly, brilliant meme on twitter yesterday. it pretty much sums up what the next four months are going to be like for us Brits. I feel really quite depressed about the following sentence. I’m not looking forward to this election campaign one little bit. This how I feel. I can’t help it […]

“Arrow” Returns – But who’s in that Grave?

One of my favourite shows, Arrow, is back with a barnstorming season opener that ‘resets’ things after last year’s finale. Last year saw Oliver and Felicity driving off into the sunset together, leaving Starling City in the hands of Laurel, Thea and Diggle. This year opened with a glimpse into “Olicity’s” suburban, domestic bliss—that image […]

Ook! A Personal Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

When I was around 15, I picked out a book by some author I’d never heard of with this funny, cartoon-ish cover.

That book changed my life.

Terry Pratchett is the reason I write today. I can pay him no higher tribute than that.

100 Days to Go #GE2015

Today represents 100 days until the UK General Election of 2015. Which means we still have three months of this sort of cringe-worthy political squirming as seen when Andrew Neil interviewed Natalie Bennett, leader of the Greens on his Sunday Politics show yesterday Actually, it’s worth watching even if you’re not interested in British Politics […]

The End of Page 3? Nope, Not Yet #page3isback

Well, it looks like The Sun played a huge joke on the rest of The Media and the #nomorepage3 campaign. This was tweeted earlier this evening. Tomorrow's #Page3… — The Sun (@TheSun) January 21, 2015 Well, you know what they say, no publicity is bad publicity – that 2nd pic showing a close-up of […]

I’m Being Watched

I was walking back to the car at the end of the work day yesterday, scrolling though some of the notifications on my phone when I found this… It seems that I either have a fan in a very high place, or I’m on a very dangerous watchlist. I really do hope it’s the former. I […]

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