X is for Father Xmas

As mentioned above, certain letters are getting harder to fill and none more eXasperating than X. So given the time of year I decided what better that to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

The Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

No Wonder Woman: There is one less woman in politics after Wonder Woman was sacked as an honorary UN ambassador.

She was meant to front a female empowerment campaign but an online petition complained that a ‘large-breasted, white woman of impossible proportions’ was not a suitable symbol of global equality. Read more ›››


A new toy turned up on my doorstep yesterday in the shape of one of those Amazon Dot gizmo. It came free with my subscription to The Telegraph which I took out over a month ago and I'd almost forgotten about it.

For the uninitiated, the Dot is the little brother (or sister) of the larger Amazon Echo and does all sorts of things from giving weather forecasts, answering trivia questions, playing music and reading audio books to controlling your lights and central heating. Read more ›››

Time Commanders

The great thing about catch-up tv is that you can, well..., catch-up on the tv you've missed and last night I caught up with Time Commanders which started a new series this week.

For the uninitiated, Time Commanders pits two teams against each other in a recreation of historic battles, some famous, some less so, using the same game engine that you'll find in computer games like Total War. Read more ›››

Show some emotion

A couple of weeks ago Yorkshire Pudding assigned an emoji to his regular readers and, for some reason, I was landed with the happy halo man. The trouble is, I don't speak emoji so had no idea if this was a good or a bad thing.

I had to look it up and found that the ‘official’ is ‘smiling face with halo’ which wasn't particularly illuminating. Then this site explained that it could also mean ‘I just said the most inappropriate thing’ which might be nearer the truth. Read more ›››

W is for Adam Worth

It has been a while since I wrote about some of history's more disreputable characters, but I make up for it this week with one of the most notorious criminal masterminds – Adam Worth, the ‘Napoleon of Crime’ and the real-life Moriarty.

Worth was born in Germany around 1844, although no-one is sure exactly when. Nor whether Worth was his real name – it may have been Werth or Wirtz. Read more ›››

Last Friday, the American intelligence agencies announced that they had ‘high confidence’ that Russia had hacked the Democrat computer system and released embarrassing information in order to promote Donald Trump's campaign.

There is nothing new in the accusation – Reuters was reporting it back in July – but what is quite interesting is Trump's team's reaction to the story. Read more ›››

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