Monthly Archives: January 2017

Flogging and Courage: the British Army 1800-81

Discipline in the British Army was sadistic. There was institutional savagery with floggings and public execution occurring so frequently they were normalised. The army had a subliminal desire to ‘toughen’ up soldiers for the ordeals that lay ahead of them. … Continue reading

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Drinking

“You drink way too much” she said in her special voice. Her voice, for preaching, and sorting me out and Explaining that I’m a half-wit let loose on the world Because of the stupidity of my mother and sisters. I … Continue reading

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Bette Midler (71) congratulates Mick Jagger (73) on the birth of his eighth child

“Congrats to Mick Jagger becoming a dad again at 73. Which reminds me, I need to pick up a pregnancy test, because I’m, like, 936 weeks late!” Chris

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A strong young man

Back in the early seventies whilst working as a newly appointed foreman plumber at the DLO (Direct Labour Organisation) for the London Borough of Hackney a job came in for a roof repair to the Stoke Newington Town Hall. Of course, … Continue reading

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By the wildwood lake

In a forest deep, where gnarly willows grew Next to a deep still lake, in the bowl between steep green hills There dappled sunbeams played in the wildwood’s shade Several small streams ran through. Over millennia, the lake became deeper, … Continue reading

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Obama and Trump meet God

Obama and Trump are standing at the throne of heaven. God looks at them and says, “Before granting you a place at my side, I must ask you what you have learned, what you believe in.” God asks Obama first: … Continue reading

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