A hidden threat to health?

Grab a coffee – it’s another long one… I’ve just been reading a very interesting article about so-called gluten intolerance. Normally I have no truck with food fads, the latest food panics or indeed people who claim they are intolerant of/allergic to this, that and the other, when most of the time they do not…

What a difference a day makes

Well, it seems the BH panic was a little premature and everything seems to have turned out ok at Number 10. Yet, I fear the whole Nick Clegg wobble affair has revealed something of his true character and intentions. DC would do well to keep a close eye on that one. But for all the…

Twists and turns on the road to ruin

Well, I never thought that I would be anything less than overjoyed to hear that Brown had got the hint at last and slung his hook. But it has come to pass; it looks like the slimy toad has managed to hang onto power after all with the help of the even more slimy Nick…

Hung parliament? Not a bad idea

“I don’t think a hung parliament is a bad idea…who should we start with?” So said an unknown but pithy commentator on the recent UK elections. I think that comment sums up the mood of the country better than any post-election analysis. Your humble scribe couldn’t concentrate too much on work matters last Friday for…

A decade of shame

I personally believe that politics, like religion, should be ones own affair. Consequently, I made a conscious decision some time ago to keep whatever frustration and anger I felt about the present UK administration out of this blog. However, as we enter a new decade – and particularly as we enter what will be an…

If the shoe fits « Margaret and Helen

I saw this post, written by an American lady called Helen Philpot concerning George Bush’s “shoe-dodging” incident. I can’t help thinking the views she expresses are echoed by a lot of American people, and certainly one held by this Englishman. Well, I would have written sooner but I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to type…

A contemporary history of teaching Maths in the UK

(Old Cynic’s Perspective) 1. Teaching Maths In 1970 A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit? 2. Teaching Maths In 1980 A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or £80….

A historic day

We’ve just watched the live announcement that Barack Obama has secured his place in history as the first African-American president of the USA. I feel the American people have done themselves proud, and in so doing have taken a big step towards healing the rifts and bridging the divides that cause so many problems in…

The Chinese raise the bar

I took a break from work today to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. Normally I’m not that interested in sporting events, but there has been so much speculation and hype about the opening ceremony that I felt compelled to watch. I wasn’t disappointed. The Olympics is a significant global event,…

Brown loses the plot – again

From the Appalling Strangeness… Officially:Downing Street has insisted Gordon Brown was just “doing what he was told” after apparently getting lost at the state banquet for Nicolas Sarkozy. The Queen apparently commented:“The prime minister got lost. He disappeared the wrong way…at the crucial moment.”Sounds like a sage comment not just for the banquet, but pretty…

No surprise

“At London Heathrow Terminal 5 we’ve created a natural, logical journey that’s so calm, you’ll flow through. It should only take ten minutes to get from check-in to departures “.Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

IND guilty of "atrocious barbarism"

Regular readers will no doubt be fully aware of the low regard in which I hold the idiots in charge of immigration in this country. But this week, even I was astonished to discover the depths of inhumanity that these slimy jobsworths have now reached. In a decision labelled “atrocious barbarism” by no less a…