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Manifestations of anger when peaceful protest doesn’t work

There are some very angry people out there. I’m not talking about those involved in the disturbances of the past few days – I’ll come to those later. I’m talking about ordinary, common-or-garden, white, middle-class, middle-aged people, the sort you wouldn’t think of...

Knickers to “National Underwear Day”

It was National Underwear Day today, according to a press release from a well-known British purveyor of pants and bras. My reaction on reading this was “oh yeah, sez who???” I guessed that, like most of these so-called National Days, this was a manufactured, blatant...

Shower dream scandal overshadows WordPress excitement

Much joy and self-congratulation as I completed the transfer of my old website to its new home at WordPress. This might not sound like a huge achievement – a 12-year-old could set up a WordPress site and many probably do – but there was an element of back-room...

Inhibit/prohibit, flout/flaunt – and another missing apos

Following a recent trial involving indecent behaviour, the accused was given a 10-year sex offenders’ order. This order was said by one paper reporting the case to “inhibit some behaviours”. Well, it’s possible that it will, but surely they meant “prohibit”?...

Too posh to swear: and getting a warm glow in Waitrose

The Pet Peeves thread of the writers’ forum I frequent has now been going strong for an astonishing four months and has passed the 3,000-comment mark, with peeved journos and eds popping up all the time to add their rants about mis-used words and bad grammar. One of...

The M4 Doughnut Disaster

While the egg robbers and the bacon thief were about their dirty work (see previous post), another comical food-related incident was taking place, this time at a service station on the M4. Striding happily through the foyer while taking a break on his way to a...

The Great Egg-and-Bacon Robbery

Thirteen people were arrested last week following a burglary at a farm in Surrey. The occupants of five cars broke into the farm and pinched several dozen trays of eggs. According to the police statement, they proceeded to throw eggs at the building before making...

In which I wonder if social media is really for me…

Parts of this great big interweb intrigue and absorb me. I love the randomness of Twitter. Among the rash of posts about the Norwegian massacres and Amy Winehouse’s death, everyday life went on as normal. Metrobus announced that a new route would be in effect from...

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