Bit of a change from the usual format, I visit my blog less these days of course. I should visit it more now I’ve got rid of my Facebook soapbox, so I […]
Thoughts and Prayers?
There’s been a large volcanic eruption in Tonga recently and we still don’t know the extent of the damage, but given the extent of the explosion, the damage will be pretty extensive. […]
Some things you read are so terrible, you think they must be made up, or a conspiracy of some sort. You think, ‘yeah, nah, must be April fools day, because it’s so […]
I’ve chucked in Facebook after it chucked me off one time too many. True story! Facebook kept throwing me off it’s anti-social site for saying the wrong thing to the wrong people, […]
Here’s a thing, you know when you get so caught up in one story, that you lose sight of the bigger story? The story we’ve got caught up in is a daily […]
Are We Sitting Comfortably?
It’s 4pm on a sunny Tuesday, January 1st 2019. Amazing to think just a few short years ago, or nearly twenty years in fact, yesterday, we were all concerned about aeroplanes falling out […]
There’s an awful lot of, mostly awful, advertising on New Zealand television. Much of it the sort of thing you’d see on QVC in other countries. One of the most common phrases […]
Superlatives And Other Things
If I had a dream job, it would be working with words and pictures, improbably as a roving blogger and photographer for Tourism New Zealand. I’m not greedy; they could just pay […]
Democracy, it’s not for everyone
I’m reminded of the lyrics to the Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Although the recent cover of that classic by The Disturbed is by far the better version ‘Hello […]
That’s what friends are for…
I’m back! I was left to my own devices for a bit and had too much time to think. I’ve been brewing this for a few days, wasn’t sure whether to post […]
The 6th of February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. Also known as New Zealand day. It’s sort of our little version of the American 4th of July but with an awful […]
I’m on the phone!
I’ve got one of those smart phone things. Not a silly one which the people who really want an iPhone have, but a proper iPhone and not just any iPhone but the […]
I’ve coined a phrase, it already exists in a roundabout sort of way but the existing phrase is some crap about consciousness and how society works within itself or some such hippy […]
Casting a vote
I haven’t had a proper rant for a while. I’ve been too busy being reflective or trying to be more about having a glass a little bit more than half full. Today […]
You are part of history, record it!
This is more of a plea than a post, pay attention! Back in 2009 my father died suddenly. He had a massive heart attack about 5 kilometres into a 110 km bike […]
Driving a statement
It’s all very well having nice pictures of the highlands on my blog but I’m more about words than images. I am in the mood to make some wild generalisations about one […]
This is the one I started on holiday a couple of weeks ago but typing a blog post on holiday on an iPad is far from easy and I like an easy […]
Something for supper?
You may recall if you pop here from time to time that I put a post up recently called ‘on food’. If you missed it, go and have a look, it’s just […]
Birthday post, nothing to do with my blogs birthday
It’s my blogs 1st Birthday today. That’s 18/06/2012 if you are reading this any other day. If you are thinking of doing one of your own, or are just a blog fan. […]
On the move
Far too much seriousness about the blog lately. Let’s have a revisit of what I like a lot and do mostly with my day. I’m going to offer some insights, observations, tips […]
Who is in charge?
NB, this was written before the last British General Election in 2015 when the liberals where wiped out. They were wiped out because having spent a term in power, middle Britain discovered […]
Teenagers in disguise
I’m not getting any younger, nor are any of my friends or family funnily enough. Some are ageing better than others physically of course, some will put it down to lifestyle or […]
Paid to have an opinion.
I would really like to be paid to have an opinion. Imagine getting to do that for a living or even for pocket money? We are surrounded, nay, bombarded by a cacophony of visual […]
The idiots guide to the EU and why it is broken
<< This picture is one I found is some jokers idea of how the Germans see the rest or Europe. I can’t take credit for it. Now on to my story The […]
What’s in a name? (Examination of racism)
I was minding my own business, well as much as you can on Twitter, when I got a #followfriday from someone who suggested I follow a girl in America who happens to […]
What to wear (examination of British fashion for blokes)
I remember when I was little I always thought English kids where probably a bit soft. I based this theory on reading Janet & John books and seeing how English kids wore […]
Who will win the spitting? (A look at social graces)
I had a look back at my past few posts, getting a bit philosophical and distracted by the footy, time to get back to business, the business of ranting. I know a […]
We are not all equal. (Equality v fairness)
I have always maintained my rants are my own ill-informed opinion. That continues to be so of course. My opinion is stuff I know, think, or believe to be so, sometimes based […]
Horses for courses.
I would like to start by saying, it’s not that I don’t like horses, I don’t mind horses. I am quite indifferent to them really. They do a tremendous job of pulling […]
Its a kids toy not a danger to life and limb!
People are always banging on about the ‘elf & Safety’ Nazi’s and how it’s all gone mad. We have lot’s of good examples in the papers every day of some beaurocrat jobsworth at some […]
The right to choose. (Discussing who gets to vote)
My last post was about Religion and the title was ‘Don’t talk about Politics or Religion’. I’m going to talk about Politics today but not in the way you’d think, of course. […]
Don’t talk about Politics or Religion.
Sorry, I know that’s a common phrase but it’s my blog and I can talk about what I want. Today I want to talk a little bit about Religion. I have absolutely […]
Wine speak? Please! It’s just nonsense!
Firstly I am feeling very prosperous today. Well I would be if I was in Tonga if you know what I mean. I am wearing a particular belt for the first time. […]
The food is just fine, now leave me alone!
I absolutely love going out for dinner. I do it quite a lot. I eat at pubs, inns, restaurants, cafe’s, bistro’s. I love the whole bit of the welcome, the pre dinner […]
It is a very long way to Cornwall from pretty much everywhere except Devon. It is at the far end of an intermittent dual carriageway which is apparently stationary throughout the summer […]
The real reason there is rebellion in Libya?
It occurred to me when watching the news last night that we just have not been told the real reason for the mass insurrection in Libya. The real reason is that they […]
Everyone will know that some Northern Irish people have historically been setting off bombs in shopping centres and such places because they wanted to be part of Ireland rather than Britain. Also […]
Badges? We dont need your stinking badges! (On Trades Union people)
In England, if you are unfortunate enough to have to take the train to and from work on the Portsmouth Harbour line, you do not have the correct train. South West Trains, the […]
A movie was made a while ago about the South Africans who won the 1995 world cup ! A MOVIE ! Apparently its about triumph against the odds? Let us remind ourselves […]
What is wrong with the Conservative Party? It’s nothing to do with politics !
I have realised what is wrong with the Conservative Party. Why they had been unable to wrest power from Labour in the last few elections, and had to share with the ghastly […]
Social or anti-social media?
I have moved around a lot over the years and travelled the world, losing touch with everyone I met. Then the internet was invented and after a while Old friends sites came […]
Sandy versus Vodafone
I have two phones on our account with Vodafone. I pay them about £65 a month to provide a mobile phone service. They don’t have a signal at my house although their […]
Worst hotel experience ever
This is a copy of my email to the hotel I am so angry my hands are actually shaking. You will see I have Cc’d your group head office, I will also […]
All I wanted was to buy some aftershave
This is my email to Space NK apothercary after a throughly depressing shopping encounter. They could have been bigged up to the http://www.verygoodservice.com website. Instead they got this. which is basically the opposite. […]
Goodwood membership, not doing that again!
What follows are my emails to Goodwood racecourse about what I consider to be poor value for money membership. “Some time ago I spent the best part of £300 buying an annual […]