Issue 359: 2023 09 07: Cover page

Cover Page, 7 September 2023, Issue 359 Welcome to our September issue. This month we consider: more elitism, please; the historic burden of listed buildings; the race for the Republican leadership; creaking infrastructure; new puritans; Corbynista’s week; BRICS; Chin Chin showing uncharacteristic social responsibility… Plus of course a crossword from Boffles and cartoons from AGGro.… Continue reading Issue 359: 2023 09 07: Cover page


7 September 2023 Elitism Let’s have more. By John Watson You don’t have to immerse yourself in Clausewitz to understand the point. When the enemy is on the run you need to pursue them until they are utterly defeated; if instead you let up, they will reform, come back at a later date, and bite… Continue reading Elitism

Listing vs Climate Change

7 September 2023 Listing vs Climate Change A historic burden. By Lynda Goetz The heading should of course be ‘Listing and Climate Change’, but for whatever reason the authorities seem determined to ensure that the two are in conflict.  If you own a listed property you must not install double-glazed windows. If you own a… Continue reading Listing vs Climate Change

Not Them Again 

7 September 2023 Not Them Again by J.R. Thomas Last time around there was a rather mean satirical joke which went basically: “Well, which do you want; the Old Crook or the Old Fool?”.  Well folks, the joke is still running and increasingly it looks as though that will be the choice again. Only this… Continue reading Not Them Again 


7 September 2023 Over-Sweating The air traffic control disaster. By Robert Kilconner Why were we not surprised? No, not at the fact that the air traffic control system went wrong – it is in the nature of high tech systems to do that from time to time – but at there being no plan B,… Continue reading Over-Sweating

Stalin Jnr and the New Puritans

7 September 2023 Stalin Jnr and the New Puritans Silencing Prokofiev and Shakespeare. By Neil Tidmarsh In the sixteenth century, the Puritans tried to close down the Elizabethan theatres and drive Shakespeare off the stage. But I was more than four hundred years too late to witness it, of course. In the twentieth century, Stalin… Continue reading Stalin Jnr and the New Puritans

Corbynista Rides Again

7 September 2023 Corbynista Rides Again Corruption and Stupidity by Don Urquhart 10 August 2023 Gary lives in Cheshunt close to Windmill Road which runs between the station and Cheshunt Pond.  For some it is a splendid stretch for checking out Formula One skills.  Gary has asked the police on several occasions over many months… Continue reading Corbynista Rides Again

Friends in high places

7 September 2023 Friends in high places By Paul Branch Old mates of Vlad Putin must be getting increasingly worried.  A quick check of past behaviour towards the great man would be in order, not to say a run through of any recent conversations and whether anything untoward might have been said.  Did I give… Continue reading Friends in high places

Boom Boom

7 September 2023 Boom Boom Exploding gases. By Chin Chin Are you a walrus? Or perhaps a carpenter? Or at the very least a Cheshire Cat? No? Unfair, isn’t it? Others have all the fun. Still, every now and then the opportunity arises to participate in the topsy-turvy world of Lewis Carroll and, when it… Continue reading Boom Boom


7 September 2023 Crossword Number 359 By Boffles Click for this month’s online crossword Click for a printable version of this month’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 358 Boffles 2 now available from Amazon at £6.99.Just the thing for summer afternoons. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


7 September 2023 Cartoons By AGGro Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp

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