Even at the height of the Victorian era, when a quarter of the globe was painted red we were bemoaning our “national decline.” Then it might have taken the form of too many Irish navvies, the poor drinking excessively, the theory of evolution and scientific progress undermining the moral fabric of society, slum over-crowding, disease [...]
The Pope is dead retired, long live the Pope.
Great, super, smashing, fantastic, great! Keep out of the black and in the red, nothing in this game for two in a bed.
I subscribe to the Word a Day e-mail service, where the nice people at Wordsmith.org send me a word a day, often following a weekly theme, with a guide to pronunciation, a definition and most interestingly the etymology. Last Thursday’s word was an emotion I’m definitely feeling this evening.
Schadenfreude PRONUNCIATION: (SHAAD-n-froi-duh) MEANING: noun: Pleasure [...]
I finished watching Jonathan Meades’ latest program, The Joy of Essex.
As usual the density and beauty of his language combined with his trenchant comments based on knowledge, not merely opinion or bluster, meant that my thumb was poised on the remote control to rewind key passages several times to make sure I could [...]
I read an astonishingly solipsistic interview of Sir Jonathan Miller on the BBC this morning. The main tenor of his grumbling was that at 79 many in the theatrical world consider him past it, his lack of employment being further exacerbated by his having accepted a knighthood for services to the arts.
He was knighted [...]
The irrationality of some people never ceases to amaze me. This clip is an example.
A man in a werewolf suit is sitting quietly reading his newspaper and scares the bejesus out of a rather stupid woman. Surely she knows that were-wolfs are not real? It is also rather funny…
We all do it, set ourselves New Year Resolutions.
I have these:
Eat sensibly – so far, so good Exercise daily – so far, so good Drink less, e.g. only on Friday’s – so far, so good Buy no watches or watch related stuff in 2013
The last one is clearly insane and inevitably the [...]