CD Shopping

I feel so dirty. I’ve just bought CDs from Sainsburys of all places. But hey, they were £9.99 each which is a good $pound; cheaper than most other places. If anyone’s interested I bought the new Coldplay album, the new Peter Gabriel album and the Avril Lavigne album. The last of those was a complete… Continue reading CD Shopping


I spent a large part of the 1980s on political demonstrations where the size of the crowd was consistently underestimated in the media. “The size of the crowd at the CND demonstration was estimated at 250,000 by the organisers – official police figures put the number at two dozen”. It’s therefore very tempting to see… Continue reading Crowds


We have a fence in our front garden. And it’s looking a bit worse for wear. So we’ve been getting quotes from fencers to replace it. In front of (and, to be honest, generally intertwined with) the fence were two bushes. Don’t ask me what type of bush. I don’t understand foliage. In order to… Continue reading Fences

The Countryside Alliance

In the UK we have an organisation called the Countryside Alliance. It’s a group of country-dwellers who want us townies to stay out of their lives and let them carry on living the way they have for thousands of years. Actually, it’s just a front for a bunch of murderous thugs whose idea of a… Continue reading The Countryside Alliance


I love flying in helicopters. Of course, the only times I’ve ever been in a helicopter were both taking the “Flight of Angels” over the Victoria Falls so that might well influence my feelings on the matter. I’m currently working just over the river from the Battersea Heliport so all day we can hear the… Continue reading Helicopters

I See Dead People

Today I went to see the Bodyworlds exhibition before it finished its run in London. The exhibition consists of a number of anatomical displays. There are a large number of smaller displays which show various parts of bodies, but the major part is the two dozen complete bodies which are displayed in various artistic poses.… Continue reading I See Dead People

From Hell

Many years ago I had a huge morbid fascination with Jack the Ripper. I’ve always really liked the explanation from Stephen Knight’s Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution. This proposed that it was all a Masonic plot to cover up an unwise assignation by Queen Victoria’s grandson, the Duke of Clarence. This was used as… Continue reading From Hell

How Not To Go To The Theatre

I made a massive screw-up this week. My step-daughter is doing her GCSEs next year. One of the plays she will be studying is Romeo & Juliet. As it’s currently playing at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and the Open Air Theatre is one of the best places to see any kind of… Continue reading How Not To Go To The Theatre