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And just in case any really anxious christians are a bit narked and write in to complain, “You wouldn’t dare take the piss out of Muslims” – yes I’ve had them – here’s one for them.





I’m not.  He is. Thank fuck!

First Minister Alex Salmond concedes defeat at the Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh in front of his suppor


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A sound fellow, that Napoleon Bonaparte!

“How can you have order in a state without religion? For, when one man is dying of hunger near another who is ill of surfeit, he cannot resign himself to this difference unless there is an authority which declares ‘God wills it thus.’ Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

“A soul you say? Give my pocketwatch to a savage and he’ll think it has a soul.”

Hey Jimi

With all the other stuff going on today, it’s comforting to forget politics, division and devisiveness  and remember one, if not the best, guitarists, Jimi Hendrix, who died today in 1970. Electric Ladyland will be played this evening, LOUD. As Jimi used to say, “Watch out for your ears!”


Sense from Seneca

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” — Seneca the Younger

Vote No!

Vote early, vote often, vote…


Necessary evil?

“Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?” — Arthur C. Clarke

Latest SOTC

Following the recent purchase of my lovely Rolex Explorer, I thought it would be interesting to update the watch database and pie chart of expense. I’m down to a mere 7 watches now but the average value has increased with the arrival of the second Rolex. There are none that I really need or want to sell on but a couple may head off as they’re watch forum favourites and worn sparingly.

Some very exciting statistics for you to enjoy:

  • The total cost of my collection equates approximately to the book value of a three year old Ford Focus Zetec 1.6
  • The average cost per watch is now £1,300 – exclude the Rolex and Omega and that falls to £250
  • I have two automatics, three quartz and two manual winds.
  • Five of the seven are analogue and two digital.
  • Five of the seven have Swizz movements and two are Japanese.
  • The average diameter is 41 mm.

The long winter evenings will fly by….

Watch chart