The Fall of Rome

Be not misled by the byline. This was written in 1947 by W H Auden. __________________ The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow…

Here we go again

I frequently rail at the police who who arrest people for defending themselves in their own property when faced with someone breaking the law. It happened to the florist Cecil Coley and its happened to others in the past where…

Are you all sitting comfortably?

Dictionarydotcom defines “eccentric” as “deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.” and it’s not necessarily pejorative to unclosed minds.  It really means finding lateral solutions to things or not automatically being a sheep and accepting “given” facts before…

Nudge, Nudge.

The nudge unit has been busy, I see. The latest wheeze is to encourage smokeless fags –  or electronic cigarettes –  in order to nudge smokers into giving up. Better not tell Dick Puddlecote or Leggy, those buggers smoke these and…

How Many Nudists Frolic With A Hoe…

…in an English country garden? Well, at least one: A keen naturist who loves gardening in the nude will stand trial for ‘outraging public decency’ after neighbours complained about seeing him naked. Well, stop looking! It is, after all, his…

Permission must be sought for everything

I’ve occasionally had to defend Oz against charges that it’s turned into a nightmare bureaucracy cum fascist society where everything is either banned, compulsory or requires prior application in triplicate for the relevant licence. One day, maybe, but not yet.…

The Police Can’t Win, Can They?

A grandmother is living in fear after bullets from a gun fight tore through her home. The rounds ricocheted around Sarah Scafe’s living room and one bullet lodged in her sofa. Her relatives are concerned: Her niece, Sonya Scafe, said:…

Admin Note

While I eschew the Total Politics annual blogging fest, neither voting myself nor soliciting votes from others, even I, arch cynic that I am, cannot but notice that an awful lot of people must have voted for this place for it…