So can those knuckle draggers who actually think that being asked to prove they are vaccinated and therefore unlikely to infect others, please stop claiming that their “human rights” are being infringed? I have always been pacifist. Lord I remember marching against the Vietnam War, the Iraq invasion, Bloody Sunday, the Teebane massacre and what … Continue reading A Covid passport to get into a pub is a “denial of human rights.” Really? Here’s what a denial of human rights looks like.
I was optimistic – for a minute. When I heard people talking about a two-tier society and discrimination and inequality, I thought for a moment that maybe there is an appetite to tackle the problems in our country and, indeed, the whole world. I was thinking of the homeless. I was remembering the Sixties when … Continue reading For a moment, I had hope. But now I see it’s just the most First World Problem of all First World Problems
I’M not sure when it’s going to happen. But the way things are going, it could be soon. Jokes will be banned. Jokes will be banned because every joke offends someone. Did the way Charlie Chaplin walked offend some? I’ll be it did. Was throwing custard pies an obscene waste of food in a hungry … Continue reading It will soon be an offence to possess a sense of humour
I’m very lucky. I’ve won the Lottery five times. Yes indeed. I’m that lucky that I’m a five times winner of the Lottery. Here’s how. The first time I won was on August 5, 1953 when I was born into the most wonderful family you could hope for. Indeed, if I was given a choice, … Continue reading How lucky can one man be? I’ve won the Lottery FIVE TIMES!
There are a lot of scams about these days. I keep on getting calls from numbers in the North of England. I don’t answer. They don’t leave messages. I don’t call back. But they do, three or four times a week. I have been asked three times in the past month to pay delivery charges … Continue reading There seems to be more scams than ever. But, if you’re in the mood, you can have some fun with them!
This is the last time I’ll be writing about Penny. I promise. But when I wrote that blog yesterday, I really didn’t expect the reaction it provoked. We are indeed, with some notable exceptions, a nation of dog lovers. Sure, there are people who don’t get it. But if you’re a dog lover you do. … Continue reading I promise this is the last time: My thoughts for Penny
We lost our adorable little dog, Penny, early today. A miniature Schnauser, she was not yet six years of age. She’d been sick off and on since December – she had a severe mouth and throat infection which went away, came back and went away again. But for the past few months we seemed to … Continue reading We are heartbroken. After just six short years, we’ve been left Pennyless.
I had a good Cheltenham. Not as good as Rachael Blackmore or Jack Kennedy. But good. It was especially satisfying for me because I know absolutely shag-all about horse racing. Not a blessed thing. And that’s despite being sent to Cheltenham and Galway and Listowel over the years, to cover the social aspect of those … Continue reading Cheltenham was great for Rachael. It wasn’t bad for me either!
THERE are those who, I know, would call me a Grumpy Old Man. Indeed, some of those close to me think that, in particular, I am a Grump Old Driver. A Road Rager. This is not true. There are only four things that annoy me when I’m driving: Other motorists Cyclists Pedestrians People on those … Continue reading There are only four things that annoy me when I’m driving: Motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and people on scooters.
(It’s a while since I blogged.* But I might get back to it. I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to a memoir which you will be thrilled to hear, will be published next month, It is called “And Finally. A Journalist’s Life in 250 Stories. Anyway, on with the blog,,,) I was writing about … Continue reading English isn’t as easy as we tend to think it is…