No Right to Free Speech

According to templar knight no one has a right to criticise Canada. He says this loudly and clearly on his blog. Naturally, holding the view that everyone has the right to free speech and no one is above criticism, I placed a comment at the foot of his...

Jail break

1 When Jack Horner entered the Dog and Cat that evening, he could have sworn he discerned the hint of a smile flicker across the oaf's ugly visage. It was merely a fleeting moment, but it evoked Jack's highly honed survival instinct and...

Learning conversation

Tales from the Staffroom (5) The County Adviser visited on Friday. Her role is supposedly 'to raise standards of achievement'. However, what she actually does is disseminate the latest buzzwords that have been expensively thought up by...

Porgie's Detective Agency: Damsel in distress

1 Well, after my spectacular success in solving the mystery of the missing sheep and exposing the murderous Mr Giles, you would have thought I would have been inundated with clients and cases. Not a peep. Not a hint. Not the merest...

Young Love

1 It is a fact of life long recognised, and sagely commented on by those of a certain age, that love makes a poor guide in affairs of the heart. It is also a fact of life long recognised that, given its head, youth will inevitably choose...

Al et al at Lent

Thinking about Lent I have been wondering what Al and his fellow travellers might give up this Lent. Here is the latest gossip: Lord Stern, who constantly tells everyone that eating meat is bad for the planet, has resolved to be a vegetarian. ...

Giving it up

Lent is an important time in the Christian calendar. It is a time for reflection and alms-giving and, most of all, it is a time for renunciation and self-denial. Traditionally, Christians give up a luxury or indulgence; often this self-denial will take...

Vengence

1 The Dog and Cat was quiet that afternoon. Quiet was just fine with the oaf. He, at best, and best was a blue moon event for him, tolerated customers. Mostly, however, he just plain disliked them. Sometimes he even hated them. Strange then...

Rustling

1 Once Mr Giles had recovered from the shock, the thought, terrible though to tell, insinuated itself in his mind that Mr Horner had a very direct and simple approach to business matters and that he might profit from that directness and...

Jack Horner

1 Jack Horner was not what you would call nice. Not nice at all. In fact, Jack didn't have a nice bone in his body. Words like kind, caring and considerate did not feature in his emotional vocabulary. Oh, of course, he did recognise such...

Tiger's apology

I have not taken any interest in Tiger Woods' affairs. I have not done so as golf is not something that I find in the least interesting. But, mostly I have not so because his private life his a matter for him. The notion that because someone excels at...

Economic Meltdown

The British economy is in serious trouble. This should not really need saying, but every day there is another proposal to spend money on this or that, or even to give money away. It is important to note, this is all money we do not have. In January,...

Porgie's Detective Agency: the sheep case

1 After my outstanding success in solving the mystery of the Dumpty case, everything soon settled back to normal. In other words, no cases and no money. Just me sitting here in my office, developing my thumb twiddling skills. If there...

Climate Change: Charity style

Tajikistan has featured prominently in the news recently. Oxfam has produced a report that details the terrible problems Climate Change has created for the people of this country. The report makes much of extreme weather, causing water shortages and...

Slow down

In reading blogs of my friends I have noticed a common theme of late, which seems to express something of a deeply entrenched modern malaise: life happening at break-neck speed, with no time to savour its wonders and the constant stress of rushing, on...

Porgie's Detective Agency

1 Everyone was right. I am a complete fool. They were right and I was wrong. 'There's no need for a private detective here in Homeland,' they had all said. 'The constable has little enough to do, anyhow,' they had reasoned. 'There won't...

Interview with the Grand Old Duke of York

Steve: Welcome. Duke of York I must say how pleased I am to have this opportunity to invite you to my blog. Duke of York: My pleasure. Steve: Now, about the Hill. Can you explain why it was necessary to march ten thousand men to the top of...

Mossad murders Mabhouh

It has become clear that Israel is responsible for the murder of  Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Its eleven strong assassination team used fake passports. Some of these were created by stealing the identities of British citizens living and working in Israel. ...

Plagiarist wins prize

  Helene Hegemann has been awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for her novel, Axoltl Roadkill. The judges made their decision in the full knowledge that Ms Hegemann had created her text by plagiarising the previously published novel,...

Jewel heist

As Kristina Chernovetskaya was being driven from Charles de Gaulle airport, she says a man opened the door of her car and made off with her handbag, which contained jewels worth six million dollars. Ms Chernovetskaya, the daughter of Kiev's mayor, was,...

Climate Change: British Council

The government of the United Kingdom is a serious financial supporter of Climate Change. It pours untold sums into the promotion of this fundamentalist ideology. Now the word 'untold' in the previous sentence might strike you as strange. After all,...

Murdering Americans

Dennis Cutler Blair was appointed by Nobel Peace Prize winning President Barrack Hussein Obama as Director of National Intelligence just over a year ago. However, Admiral Blair is no peace-loving dove. Indeed, he has brazenly informed the world that...

Climate Change: insults and money

Should someone express scepticism of Climate Change, they will not be met with argument. It does not happen. The response is always the same. They are subject to gratuitous insults and abuse. They are told that they are 'flat-earthers', 'deniers' and...

Winter Games

Vancouver is hosting the Winter Olympics at a cost of six billion dollars. It seems the Vancouver Olympic Committee had little trouble raising this money. The whole thing was apparently organised on time and within budgetary constraints (if I can use...

Climate Change: media bias

The Mail has published a sensational article, which is full of admissions by Professor Phil Jones of the leaked email fame. The article is based on an on-line question and answer session, which can be accessed via the BBC's home page. However, whilst...