My thanks to Roger for mentioning the video you will find below of James Veitch, comedian, scamp and spam-spammer who has spent the last three years winding up the authors of those spam emails that we all find in our inbox.

It reminded me that I’d intended buying Veitch’s book, Dot.Con: the Art of a Scammer, after reading extracts in various newspapers last year. Read more ›››


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C is for Chung Ling Soo

Chung Ling Soo

The world of magic in the 19th and 20th century was a competitive business and many conjurers became celebrities only after adopting an exotic Chinese persona that the public came to associate with the mysteries of magic.

One such was Chung Ling Soo who became one of the most celebrated magicians of his age who was to die in the pursuit of his art. Read more ›››

My Dad’s Army

Further to yesterday’s post, I was chatting to my dad about his experiences in the Home Guard and as far as he is concerned, Dad’s Army is as much documentary as it is comedy.

He was drafted in to the Home Guard in 1943 when he was 17 and was none too happy about it as it took up pretty much all of his free time. Read more ›››

You Stupid Boy

Well it would be rather stupid to write a review of a film before you’ve actually seen, but there is so much hype surrounding new releases these days that you could be excused for thinking you were at the premiere.

The weekend supplements gave plenty of coverage to the new Dad’s Army film due for release at the end of next week and one that I’m looking forward to seeing. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Matt Cartoon

Pointlessness of the Week: An inquiry into the failure of the polling companies to correctly forecast the outcome of last year’s general election concludes that they had indeed failed to correctly forecast the outcome, but were not entirely sure why.

Meanwhile, Parliament bows to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ to debate whether or not to ban Donald Trump from entering the country. Unsurprisingly, the nays had it, so no time and money wasted there then. Of course, if Donald Trump didn’t exist, it is unlikely that anyone would have the nerve to invent him. Read more ›››

Life’s Little Irritants – No 23

Friday night is fish and chip night in our house which I get from our local chippie, Matt’s Plaice (geddit?) which is just a few minutes drive away.

There is always a queue and that often means that the queue overflows on to the street which is fine in summer, but a little uncomfortable in the cold and rain of winter. I don’t mind though because Matt does make exceedingly good fish and chips. Read more ›››

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