Driving me Mad

A woman who lives opposite us had a nasty accident last night. She was turning into her driveway and the driver of the car behind obviously wasn’t paying attention and ran into the side of her car. It was pretty smashed in and they couldn’t open the driver’s door. Luckily, she didn’t appear to be injured.

The problem is that we live on a busy main road and even though it is almost entirely a residential area, people drive way too fast. I have to reverse into our drive. The alternative would be to reverse out into the road which as you can imagine from the above would be somewhat hazardous. Read more ›››

It Takes All Sorts

Liquorice is making a comeback according to the Daily Mail with nutritionists singing its praises because of their concern over child obesity.

This naturally-growing root was common in many guises in my youth. First there was the hard stick of liquorice, flattened like a spatula about halfway up. We used it to dip into kali, pronounced Kay-li, (I think that’s how it was spelt) which was basically coloured, flavoured sugar. Read more ›››

The Blame Game

Blame culture is the name of the game. So where is it leading us?

Compensation, duty of care, bullying, race, gender, age, competence, incompetence, should or shouldn’t have, could or couldn’t have, would or wouldn’t have, did or didn’t. Everything is someone else’s fault. Read more ›››

Britishness

I was listening to Allan Beswick on GMR on my way to work this morning and he had a wonderful rant at the Daily Mail. He said that he was shocked by the front page headline about Frank Bruno (see yesterday’s posts).

It read, “Divorce, dope and despair — three body blows that felled a very British hero.” It wasn’t “divorce” that amazed Allan, nor “dope.” Nor “despair,” not even “very.” It was the “British hero” bit that stunned him. Read more ›››

An atrclie in tdaoy’s Dliay Mial syas taht the ltaest carze to hit the itnerent is sarclbemd wrdos. If you sarech Gogole for the psarhe “aoccdrnig to rsceearh at an Elingsh uinervtisy” yulo’l fnid it on over 3,500 sties.

(Can’t keep this up!) Read more ›››

So read the headline in the first edition of the Sun newspaper (sic) following the news that the former boxer Frank Bruno has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act which gives you some idea of the reporting standards of some sections of the media here.

I suppose to be fair, someone spotted the tastelessness of it very quickly and the headline became ‘Sad Bruno in Mental Home’ but even that hardly shows any great understanding or sensitivity. In fact ‘mental home’ only reinforces the prejudice that exists when it comes to mental illness. Read more ›››

  The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether I’m off on my bicycle exploring, lost in a good book, or off with the fairies. I live in a world apart, one full of adventure and wonder and other stuff adults don’t understand. How Old is Your Inner Child? brought to you by Quizilla

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