01 February 2018 Chin Boosts Sterling A financial god. By Chin Chin Aargh! Aargh! Aargh! Aargh! Aargh! The news is enough to make you feel sick. No, I don’t mean the prospect of even more bloodshed in the Middle East as Turkey turns on the Kurds. Nor am I referring it to those harbingers of… Continue reading Issue 139: 2018 02 01: Chin Boosts Sterling
1 February 2018 Get Lewis The Scunthorpe set by J.R.Thomas The editor may well think that this column has an unnatural obsession with crime; but as crime is one of the most popular genres of fiction we will risk our readers’ moral fibre yet again; a serious risk this time, via a forgotten… Continue reading Issue 139: 2018 02 01: Get Lewis
25 January 2018 Unwashing Solving a dilemma. By Chin Chin It’s that time of the week again. I need to get the article in soon or those bastards on the editorial desk will fill the space with something else. Cooking tips, I suppose. That would be just like them. “We don’t need features anymore, Mr… Continue reading Issue 138: 2018 01 25: Unwashing
18 January 2018 Life is Not a Film Based on true events by J.R. Thomas You are at the movies. All is well with the world. Cinema has become a joyful experience; technology has enhanced film going to an unimaginable level. The deluxe super-seats are better than the home armchair; the wine is potable; the… Continue reading Issue 137: 2018 01 18: Life Is Not A Film
18 January 2018 The Blues? The greys, more likely. By Lynda Goetz. According to the Huffpost blog by Debra Devi, the origin of the term ‘the blues’ may have to do with a 17thC English expression referring to the ‘intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal’. Interestingly, however, now that we can to… Continue reading Issue 137: 2018 01 18: The Blues?
18 January 2018 The Law Of Green Biros And its victory over mathematics. By Chin Chin I have always had the greatest respect for laws. The common law of England, for example; the second law of thermodynamics, for another; gun law as enforced by Wyatt Earp; Dennis Law who played for Manchester United; and lots… Continue reading Issue 137: 2018 01 18: The Law Of Green Biros
11 January 2018 T is for Thank You A tribute to Sue Grafton by J.R.Thomas Many years ago your correspondent was sitting by the maternity bed of a friend, she proudly nursing her newly born beautiful daughter. More to your correspondent’s taste, on the bedside table was a newly published half read American crime thriller. … Continue reading Issue 136:2018 01 11:T is for Thank You
11 January 2018 Not Against Podes Going below. By Chin Chin Just who are these “podes” who I’m supposed to be so much against? I was tired of the English winter so I decided to spend my holiday entitlement on a trip to the sun. Into the travel agent then for a few suggestions and… Continue reading Issue 136:2018 01 11:Not Against Podes
04 January 2018 Just A Truffle French cuisine moves north. By Chin Chin Did you see the news? No, not the bit about the tragic death of the aardvark in a fire at London zoo, or the bit about the rare pig which was thought to be extinct, but the news from Paris where a… Continue reading Issue 135: 2018 01 04: Just A Truffle
21 December 2017 Christmas Cards A matter of engineering. By Chin Chin Job interviews are like games of chess. After a number of preliminary moves, and with a bovine smile of self-satisfaction wreathing his fleshy face, the interviewer delivers the ace question. “Do you have any weaknesses?” he asks. That of course is a trap.… Continue reading Issue 134: 2017 12 21: Christmas Cards
21 December 2017 A Tree In Fairyland A matter of position. By Scrooge It was Christmas Eve in fairyland and one of the fairies was busy putting up her decorations. Actually she wasn’t doing it herself because that was the work of the elves. Still, she stood around and gave directions so that she could… Continue reading Issue 134: 2017 12 21: A Tree In Fairyland
14 December 2017, What Is The Point Of University? Dissatisfaction increases, by Lynda Goetz. Student loans and fees along with the apparently excessive pay of vice-chancellors. Seen against questions about of what the government is doing to help social mobility, the NAO has come out with a critical report on higher education.
14 December 2017, Bitcoin or Bitcon, A most reliable algorithm. By Chin Chin. Where is treasure likely to be hidden? We all know the answer to that of course…..