Monthly Archives: July 2016

Two Russian Secret Policemen Converse

Vladimir It’s nice to unwind with a vodka isn’t it Boris? Boris It certainly is. Valdimir What do you really think about President Putin? Boris The same as you. Valdimir In that case it is my duty to arrest you. … Continue reading

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Drink beer and become an intellectual

One night at Cheers*, Cliff Clavin said to his buddy, Norm Peterson: Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer … Continue reading

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A bachelor all his life Worked for the Councils’ parks department Just didn’t seem to find a wife But, felt himself trapped in the grounds compartment. Found more interesting work As a lorry driver, he travelled the road Rejected ideas … Continue reading

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Wimbledon, equal pay and greatness

When a journalist last week called Serena Williams ‘one of the greatest female athletes of all time’, she bristled. “I prefer the word: one of the greatest ‘athletes’ of all time,” she replied.* Equal pay for female tennis players, at … Continue reading

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Naval Intelligence*: the Royal Navy, 1940

At the end of the campaign, the Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet complained that “it is most galling that the enemy should know just where our ships…always are, whereas we generally learn where his major forces are when they sink … Continue reading

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Thwarted Ambitions


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A Socialist-Comrade

I have never experienced such a fast moving instability in the Labour Party. I find it inconceivable that the parliamentary Labour MPs have passed a motion of “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn. He is the only Labour leader with the right … Continue reading

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A Boris Johnson-Michael Gove Conversation

Boris Johnson I’m so glad that we’re friends after all this time, Michael Michael Gove If you want a friend buy a dog. (Trad.)  

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As The World Recedes

I sleep, with ghost memories Dead people, often come to mind Their names though, are sometimes elusive Fragmented, dismembered, reclusive. Whole night hours, I can spend Trawling through events I know, to me, they were very good friends But now … Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: A One-Trick Pony?

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:* Nigel Farage’s political career ended on the 23rd June, 2016 though the finale only came on the 4th July. Unlike David Cameron’s career, his didn’t … Continue reading

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