FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail3 May 2018 A Bump in the Road Keep your eyes on the carriageway by J R Thomas These are not happy times to reach the top of the slippery pole of politics. We live in an era and with technology where the voice of the populace grows ever louder, and more immediate, and angry.
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail03 May 2018 French Conspiracy Another Louis! By Chin Chin Louis, I ask you! Fifth in line to the throne of England and with a French name. And not just any French name either. It’s a name which has been borne by nineteen French kings, one of them hyphenated and another, even more pretentiously, canonised.
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail26 April 2018 Desperately seeking fungi Mushroom Foraging on Hampstead Heath by Frank O’Nomics. Oh for the carefree life of self-sufficiency! To roam the fields, living free off the fruits of nature, high in vitamins and low in fat. So it was that when I took myself to Hampstead Heath for a morning’s tutored mushroom
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail26 April 2018 When is Meat not Meat? France to rename meat substitutes. By Lynda Goetz “‘Sausage’ is not simply a meat product” the lady argued on the radio. “It is a recognised shape”. This does seem to make a fair point, but what about ‘chicken’ or ‘steak’? The French government’s recent decision to legislate
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail26 April 2018 An Apparition My time as a ghost. By Chin Chin It isn’t often that I get to appear as a ghost. Not often enough, the nastier of you may mutter, but I am not going to listen to you. I am not going to let your malice make things worse. They are
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail19 April 2018 Son of the Prophet! The House of al-Chin. By Chin Chin Sometimes, just sometimes, your prayers are answered. There I was last week complaining that there was nothing much of interest in the English newspapers, even that the French had gone one up on us in the dramatic quality of their current
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail19 April 2018 Camelot in Carlisle by J R Thomas Did the dying King Arthur throw Excalibur in the Solway? Was the Round Table to be found in the Great Hall of Carlisle Castle? Before legions of angry readers pound their keyboards in protest, pointing out that Camelot was located at (feel free to fill
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail12 April 2018 Coming Back Macron too macro? By Chin Chin Well, where are they, then? The first signs of spring, where are they? There I was in New Zealand, living life in the sunshine, sitting on a deck gazing over the Pacific, the hard choice of the day being whether that bottle of iced
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail12 April 2018 On yer bike! Uber’s move into bicycle sharing could transform our cities. By Frank O’Nomics I have been a convert to shared cycle schemes for some time. The convenience of walking up to a TfL cycle stand, picking up a bike and getting to my next appointment quickly by taking some modest
FacebookTwitterLinkedinGoogle+PinterestDiggemail5 April 2018 A Strange Course Hunting Hares by J.R. Thomas Occasionally the Shaw Sheet pulls on its gumboots, finds a warm coat and gloves and battered hat, and wanders off to the country. The United Kingdom is an intensely urbanised land, probably the most built-up sizable country in the world, and one of the