13 December 2018 Cheat the Guillotine! Save Macron! By Chin Chin It was the little flower which did it. There it was, engraved on the ring which fell out of the Christmas present drawer. Its significance didn’t strike me at first but then I remembered. Wasn’t it a ring like that which alerted Lady Blakeney
06 December 2018 A Modern Christmas In a digital age. By Chin Chin “Christmas comes but once a year” and that’s quite enough in my book. Yes, I can see that it was fun in Victorian times, sitting there in front of a roaring fire, glass in hand, attentive females listening admiringly to one’s reading
29 November 2018 I am Africa! Introducing yourself. By Richard Pooley “What do you do?” you are asked by the person you’ve just met. How do you answer? Does it depend on who is asking? Perhaps a person you want to impress… or seduce. Do you take note of how they ask it? Or when?
29 November 2018 It’s Only “Snowflake” Rock ‘n’ Roll But I like it. By Frank O’Nomics Dark ceilings with walls seemingly running with sweat – this was surely back to the gigs of my youth. I was thinking Dr. Feelgood at the De Montfort Hall or Dire Straits at the Leicester Poly. Those 1970’s references
29 November 2018 Eat It All! Edible wrappers. By Chin Chin Eating fish and chips is a form of education. No, I don’t mean that the actual chewing teaches you anything, although for all I know the graunching systems of modern dustcarts may be based on those of the human mouth. Nor is it the
22 November 2018 Worse Than Brexit Number employed increases. By Chin Chin What depressing news. No, not the febrile state of the Brexit negotiations. That is quite bad enough, but there is something worse, much worse. It is the employment statistics revealed on the Office of National Statistics website. Try this comment in respect of
15 November 2018 The Math Lesson Other eyes, other worlds. By Richard Pooley What comes to mind when I say “African village”? Lots of conical huts, reed-roofed and mud-walled, chickens scratching for food in the dirt, goats searching for something to eat among the few stunted bushes, children laughing as they play, a sinuous line
15 November 2018 Selling CVs A new industry. By Young Chin When chatting about his proposals for Sodom, the Lord promised to spare the city if Abraham could find ten good men in it. Unfortunately the locals failed the test, and as I suppose that the EU will fail it too it seems inevitable that
08 November 2018 The African Egg Collector And other stories; an introduction. By Richard Pooley Do you write lists? “To Do” lists, I mean. Those lists which should start with “Write a ‘To Do’ list” because when you finish the list you can cross that first line off with a silent but triumphant “Yes!” I am
08 November 2018 The Tethered Goat Hunting from the kitchen. By Quatermain Chin 9.30 in the morning and it’s time for a little sport. No, no, don’t get me wrong. I am not about to stride manfully into the street, clad only in shorts and singlet, to do a quick five-miles in the London drizzle.