What is it with the pensioners?

They’re just queuing up to do porridge. I’m not unsympathetic to their various causes but I do think it’s funny the way someone keeps paying their fines and thus preventing them from actually serving any time. I’m pretty sure it’s not a millionaire benefactor nor even a Government saboteur but just someone who can’t stand… Continue reading What is it with the pensioners?

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A new book from Adam Wishart

My friend Adam has written a book. It’s about cancer and he weaves together the story of his own father’s death from cancer with a history of the disease. The reviews are in and they are spectacularly good.

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Complete Cant

Cameron’s Bill of Rights may be meaningless, even mendacious and certainly legally incoherent but it is outstanding politics. Proper agenda-grabbing spin. A policy so insubstantial as to be practically invisible married to a clever expression of middle-British distrust of soft European ‘human rights’ nonsense. I can almost see the roomful of rosy-faced twenty-somethings who came… Continue reading Complete Cant

While I’ve been away…

I’m sorry, I’ve not been concentrating properly lately. Also, I’m not 100% sure you can even see these entries since I got Robin to upgrade me to MT 3.2 the other day. From my house I can’t see anything more recent than the Eurovision Song Contest. Anyway, here are some great things: Elvis Costello’s collaboration… Continue reading While I’ve been away…

Gonzo risk assessment

We, by which I suppose I really mean ‘the media’ are famously bad at assessing risk. Case study: is it just me or is there something scarily dim-witted about the apparently widespread idea that all of London’s emergency services ought to be issued with radios that work in narrow tunnels in the clay hundreds of… Continue reading Gonzo risk assessment

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Knife amnesty be damned

Obviously I’ve been buying Kitkats like mad so I can get in the house and wreak terrible, bloody havoc among the terrible bloody people they’ve got in there. I’ve marked about half of them for immediate, no-questions-asked assassination and about half of the rest for some kind of humiliation (I’ll probably call it a ‘task’).… Continue reading Knife amnesty be damned

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