Monthly Archives: October 2022

A Dean Martin* quip

“You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.” * Dean Martin was part of the infamous Rat Pack, which included Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra.

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Boris Johnson’s Masterclass in Political Instability: 2019-22

Boris Johnson is now officially a ‘has-been’. His rejection by Conservatives MPs confirmed this in the October 2022 leadership ‘contest’. A legacy of bad government lives on. Johnson preferred incompetent people who didn’t threaten him. Only five cabinet members lasted … Continue reading

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‘One foot in the grave’*

Margaret Meldrew:Have you had a good day while I was out? Victor Meldrew:I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a very good day, all told. In the morning, I turned some water into wine, and then I healed a … Continue reading

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21st Century quasi-slave labour in Asia

While poor urban children are still treated as slaves or indentured labor, some of their fathers remain little more than draught animals. The rickshaw has always been a notorious emblem of the degradation of labor in Asia. Invented in Japan … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christopher Brookmyre ~ All fun and games until someone loses an eye (2005)

Around about 8 pm on a Saturday night I was bored and irritable so I bought this on Amazon.1 Why this one? Well it had a quirky title and I like quirky books. I didn’t feel I was making a … Continue reading

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The Suffragettes knew how to protest

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The very wicked Bill Hicks

The worst kind of non-smokers are the ones that come up to you and cough. That’s pretty fucking cruel isn’t it? Do you go up to cripples and dance too? I love the Pope, I love seeing him in his … Continue reading

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Seventy years of decline: Two Conservative Prime Ministers

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Book Review: Saima Mir ~ The Khan (2021)

A A Dhand has written a series of novels set in Bradford, which are consistently excellent. The Khan is set in Bradford, is a thriller, with Asian drug lords and has extreme violence. It even has tropes from Mario Puzo’s, … Continue reading

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A Lawyer joke

Jim was vacationing on the French Riviera when he met Sarah, a lawyer friend. He asked how she’d paid for the holiday. She replied, “Remember that terrible house I bought? Well, it caught fire and I used the insurance money.” She … Continue reading

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