When I say I’m up to my ears, it’s not an anagram

Good grief. Silly news today, someone who went to hospital for a minor operation on his head yesterday woke this morning to find that the surgeon had sewn his ears to the graft site. The victim is old and has a generational problem with swearing. What he thought was bad is now so mild it…

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Why the USA needs to add “none of the above” to its ballot paper

Something scary is happening in the USA. Two candidates, both described by media as “unpopular” have come out of the “Primaries” – the selection process by which party members vote for the person they want to be the next President of the USA. After a “race” (as they call it) between a batch of people…

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Europe’s Migrant Crisis: volenti non fit unjuria.

In three days, it will be a year since Californians Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife, Petra, were convicted of neglecting their children. They would lock them in a caravan for several hours each day while the 41 year olds played World of Warcraft, a computer game. The Orange County District Attorney said there were…

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Sometimes, you just have to laugh.

The world is a funny place. While we increasingly get our news in soundbites, headlines, ticker banners on screens, there is a deep web of stuff that happens, gets reported but is buried under the scramble not to be left out of reporting the current top three headlines, even if reporting is just repeating what…

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TV Games

Drinking games or sweepstakes can enliven a boring evening before the TV. Here’s some of mine. The use of clich├ęs in TV programmes, where the same phrases come up over and over again, has reached epidemic proportions with some programmes being little more than strung together expressions from the parts bin of scriptwriting. It’s formulaic…

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Dropping the Confederate flag is wrong.

France. From where several of the Southern States were formed. Here’s something important – if the USA wants to remove the Confederate Flag, then it has to remove the Stars and Stripes, too. Why? Because true history, not the contorted version that is currently being pushed to an ignorant population, says so. Images from http://www.usflag.org/…

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Marriage Proposal

In 2008, I started writing a novel “The Cave at the End of the World.” I actually wrote the beginning and the end but I got bogged down with the middle. I had planned it as an epic, one of those hundreds of pages long, books with a mix of fantasy, love story and a…

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The Letters that We Wrote (includes The Kiss)

As the story of Pete and Fay unfolds, they write letters to each other but never post them. The Letters that We Wrote is letters from Pete to Fay and to Fay from Pete. They build on and fill in the gaps in the The Kiss. In this combined volume, the reader can flick backwards…

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Being Plan B

I’m fed up with being your Plan B The one who’s the standby guy The one you’ll see when you’re in crisis The one you’ll see when there’s no one else around. You once told me you’d see me when you had time You’d visit when you’d no one else to see I joked about…

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