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A few days ago I warned Dave that he needed a good dose of Churchill, so to speak, for his conference speech. By accident - well, no-one sensible actually sets their clocks in order to watch a party conference speech even if their social life is as pathetic as mine - I did catch the beginning of Dave's speech and... Continue reading
Posted a moment ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sometimes irony can come in the most surprising form. The picture above is a delicious example. You can see a huge playing field on which not one but two cricket matches are being played. OK, you might mutter and suggest that it is somewhere in England or Oz, perhaps, but you would be wrong. It is Germany and, to add... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Just a few days ago I paid tribute to the late Ivor Brown despite the fact that by then I had only consumed about three chapters of his superb book simply entitled "Shakespeare". Now I have finished it and I have a confession to make - at the end I very nearly cried! Had the tears actually flowed (well, I'm... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
An old Jock song which sprang to mind when I read a rather hopeful piece in The Telegraph by Ian Martin. He suggests, no more, that one result of the recent referendum was to wake up the genteel middle-class, mainly situated in and around Edinburgh, who rightly affronted by the extremism of the Scots Nats and, with no love for... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Thus spake the dear, old 'Duke of Boot' after the cataclysmic battle of Waterloo, and thus might speak 'Dim Dave' if, against the current odds, he squeaks in at the next election. His domestic problems, of course, are all over the media and need no repetition. However, it is the gathering storm which raises no warning dust which should concern... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Like everywhere, the wheels of justice turn very, very slowly in America but they do at least keep turning until, in the end, a verdict is reached. In this case, it is an extremely important verdict which, if it is upheld on appeal, will do more damage to IS and their ilk than all those fighter-bombers. As reported by Jonathan... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Lawyers are always good for a laugh so here are a selection of verbatim court reports: ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?' ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan! ....................................................................................................... ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Bloody Royal Mail: Honestly, darlings, you simply can't rely on the Royal Mail these days now it has been privatised, I mean, God knows what happened to my invitation to dear George Clooney's wedding yesterday. I mean, obviously I was invited, a distinguished luvvie such as myself would have been on dear George's A-list. And isn't he brave, fancy actually... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
My title comes with an apology to the late Louis Jordan who co-wrote the original song back in the '40s. The 'IS' in my version, of course, refers to the bunch of murderous eye-swivellers currently running amok in the Middle East and, naturally, the answer to my rhetorical question is that they are my enemy because they hate everyone who... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Of course, even by my hyperbolic standards that is a pretty silly title because the original 'Churchill moment' came some 74 years ago when this country stood in an existential peril not seen since 1588 at the approach of the Spanish armada. However, it is fair enough to say that what hopes 'Dave' has left of going down in history... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Go on, you know it'll do you good! There's nothing quite like standing under a steady stream of ice-cold intelligence to wash away the confusions and complications that bedevil your brain when you try to think about some of the complexities of our contemporary world. Take Europe, for example - yeeeeeees, quite! What are we to do about it? And... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Last night I went to see the film version of John le Carré's book of the same title. Checking my records I am shocked to see that it was four and a half years ago when I wrote about the book which I praised as a return by le Carré to his espionage roots and as an example of story-telling... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Of course, Brit readers familar with the TV series Dad's Army, arguably the greatest comic group ever invented since Dogberry and his clapped-out watchmen in Much Ado, will instantly remember Pte. Pike, the awkward, teen-age, mother's boy who was a member of that fine body of men, the Warmington-on-Sea Home Guard. I was reminded of him today when I read... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
An urgent message for my Aussie pals and palettes. I don't know what you have done to deserve this but over the weekend you are about to be hit by a bucketful of Bercow. According to Guido, the jumped-up, pint-sized, little shit, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. John Bercow is descending on Canberrra to give you... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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It is odd how certain fleeting images impinge themselves on the memory. One such for me was my visit many years ago to Chatsworth, the home of the Dukes of Devonshire which, just to confuse American tourists, is actually situated in the Peak District not Devon! I remember driving slowly through a wood on a minor road which I was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Of course, you will already have noticed how my near genius - well, I don't like to boast, you see - shines through the elegant but piercingly insightful prose with which this blog is absolutely packed. I'm sure many of you have wondered how just one mind could contain so much high intelligence, er, you have wondered, haven't you? Yes,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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'Dave 'n' George' will no doubt enjoy laying into the 'Milipede' for his crass speech yesterday and the fact that, quite literally, he had nothing to say about our economy and the state of government finances. However, they should be careful how they raise the subject because their own stewardship has been abysmal. Today in The Telegraph, Mehreen Khan reports... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
That, according to the 'experts' I have read, is the sum total of Labour's election 'strategy'. Just concentrate on the core Labour vote, pick up as many disillusioned Lib-Dems as possible and let UKIP tear strips off the Tory carcass and that way Labour will sneak into government by the back door. Of course, in order to shore up that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Sent to me by an English friend currently visiting the Seattle area. Nice to know that one's fame has spread! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
According to The Telegraph, some swot from the British Museum thinks we are obsessed with WWII and that the Germans are "bewildered" by it. Well, possibly, but then, they have been trying to forget the whole damn thing since 1945. Constant reminders of their almost infantile stupidity, to say nothing of their monstrous cruelty, must be a great irritation to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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'Our Will' used those words in Sonnet 129 to describe the shame of illicit sex with 'The Dark Lady'. However, they will also do nicely to sum up the contents of Ed Balls' sick-bag of a speech which he tipped over an unenthusiastic audience yesterday. True, he did mutter an apology for previous bad behaviour, such as spending our money... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Ivor - who, I hear you mutter? Well, when I saw his name on the cover of a slim book simply entitled Shakespeare I must admit that the name did ring some very faint bells. I seem to remember him vaguely as an intellectual type during the '50s when I was fumbling my way toward adulthood but, alas, I couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I tell you this year's panto season party political conference season is going to be the most hilarious in decades! Yesterday the 'Bruvvers' raised the curtain on theirs and people are already falling about with laughter at the sight and sound of 'Ed Laurel' and 'Ed Hardy' doing their famous double act: Stan Miliband Oliver Balls They have churned and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
This first 'joke' is an effort to raise the standard of English grammar employed here at D&N: On his 74th birthday Tom got a gift certificate from his wife. The certificate paid for a visit to a medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumoured to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction. After being persuaded, he drove... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
It's not idleness, honestly! I enter that plea in mitigation early because I may not get around to depositing too many gems of wisdom on today's Sunday Rumble. Domestic duties loom large including, perhaps, my attempt to create a Pork Fillet Wellington for dinner tonight. I will be taking instructions from two head chefs, the 'Memsahib' and 'SoD'. I may... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at DUFF & NONSENSE!