The First Cut

The Mail on Sunday gave a free cd this week, as they do most weeks. “The Last Dance”, though why this should be depicted by a smartly dressed woman entwined with a bloke in dress suit is anyone’s gues Read more ›››

Compare and Contrast

Phew! A world cup triumph, but didn’t they put us through the wringer. It made me think about the only other one I’ve experienced, 1966 and all that.

So, let’s compare and contrast. In 1966 I had been lately started at Hyde Grammar School and the summer of ’66 was to be my first absence from home. But first I had the chance to watch a WC match at Old Trafford, Hungary versus Bulgaria, I think, the former winning 3-1 on 20 July. Read more ›››

Wizards of Oz

Well Oz, what happened to the expansive running game? Not much sign of it this morning/evening as you were crushed by the might of the English pack, the running of Jason Robinson and, of course, the boot of Jonny Wilkinson to take the Rugby World Cup.

But just to prove that us Poms can still whinge in victory, I thought the ref (Andre Watson) gave some awful decisions. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear he had a bet on the Aussies. Read more ›››

The Best of British

So George Bush experienced fish, chips and mushy peas while visiting the Dun Cow in Tony Blair’s Sedgefield constituency. Now while we like to think that it is great to introduce visiting Americans and others to one of our national dishes, it may just be that they’ve tried it before. Take Ye Olde English Fish N Chip Shoppe in Maine. Either it is patronised by nostalgic ex-pats, or there really is a market out there. Read more ›››

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Well, the tension is beginning to mount as we are less than 24 hours from England (hopefully) winning the Rugby World Cup in the Aussies’ own back yard!

Sometimes are think the Aussies are right calling us “whinging poms” judging some of the things that have been said about England’s game against France last week. “Boring kicking game” moaned the critics, but they’ve obviously never played rugby. I have and in torrential rain when passing the ball was like passing a bar of soap. Read more ›››

New Package, Same Bubblewrap

I’ve been re-branded! From here on in, call me “Excellentia – Thinking Outside the Box.” Now, that could have cost me a fortune (can’t find the BP sign on this stupid Mac keyboard). But not a bit. Just visit What Brand Are You for your own make-over. Read more ›››

War and Peas

If ever proof was needed that our forefathers were far more ingenius than we are is the report released today that the Germans had a plan to blow up Buckingham Palace with cans of processed peas. If only they had succeeded then we would have been spared all those years of Charles, Diana, Camilla and the rest of the dysfunctional brood!

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