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Somewhere in Switzerland
I'm an anglo-swiss writer and marketeer.
Interests: Too many to mention but if you read this blog, you'll have a good idea.
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Only just found this. I’m not sure I’ve heard I’ve read or seen Hard Times though I’m a huge Pinter fan. I wrote about his humour on my own blog, Very few people ever seem to mention how funny his plays are.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2023 on harold pinter, 1930-2008 at Creature of the Shade
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No one really makes you play the game you are involved in. You can change at any time. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
How is the POTUS guru approaching the election and what will happen come November 3rd? His approach is double. Firstly, he is doing anything in his power to win the race, by using unfair tactics where that can give him the upper hand. Secondly, he is already trying to undermine the validity of the election. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
The only hope for Western democracy lies in people like Harding. So long as they are prepared to turn on a fog light, we can still naively hope that the powers of greed and corruption will one day be defeated. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
If it is safe to say that without his appearance on The Apprentice, Trump wouldn’t have had a snowflake’s chance in hell of being elected president of the US, it is equally true, almost more so, that had Twitter not been invented, the reality TV star would never have made it to the Republican nomination, let alone the White House. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
So, we’re all confined, indefinitely, waiting for the virus situation to improve and the kids are off school. There has been a certain amount of wringing of hands about the education that children are missing out on. Will it be a lost year? Will their lives ever recover? Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Over the past week I seem to have developed a certain weakness for the whisky sour. This is how I have been making it: Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Something vaguely out of the ordinary happened last night at about 11pm. The radio was broadcasting some sort of announcement that emergency services numbers were no longer working in most of the country. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Boris is still essentially pretending that he can find a unicorn in the shape of some hugely beneficial deal that can still be negotiated, despite the EU repeatedly telling the UK that it can’t be. It would seem obvious that it can’t. But it also seems obvious, to me at any rate, that the only hope you’d have for a hypothetical improved deal is if you could frighten the EU into thinking that you’d cheerfully leave with no deal if you didn’t get what you want. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I reckoned I needed a new bike that would provide fun and amusement at speeds closer to the legal limit. Hence, I found myself test-riding and subsequently buying this 2019 Triumph Speed Twin. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
So, there was my restored Ransomes, all ready to cut grass once again but sadly, in the wrong country. It was sitting in Buckinghamshire in England whereas the grass I wanted to cut is in Switzerland. Thus, the next task was to work out how to get the thing sent over to me. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Well no, not exactly. If you read the text you'll see that I employed a professional lawnmower restorer to do all the work for me, for all sorts of good reasons. I just dreamt up the project and had it executed.
JOHN and DAVE are old school friends in their 50s. They are having a drink in DAVE’s large and well-appointed kitchen. JOHN: So, Dave, what’s this I hear about you moving? DAVE: That’s right. We’re off. March 29th, we move out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Hi Mark, Thanks for your comment. Very interesting to hear the rest of the story. I wonder why I thought your father was running a Scottish kirk? It makes perfect sense that he would have extended his invitation via a handwritten note, which is why he didn't need Bowie's phone number - which wouldn't have been in the book! Slightly unfortunate that you appear to be the only member of the family that missed out on the Bowie visit. How annoying is that?!
In a superb moment of irony a week ago, it was revealed that although 70% of the population had no faith in the leaders of the EU, 85% of the population had no faith in Westminster MPs. Or to put it another way, although the country is determined to “take back control” they wish, by their own admission, this control to be entrusted to a load of people who couldn’t organise a piss-up in a House of Commons bar. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I have just finished Bob Woodward’s Fear which is an insider account of the first year of the Trump presidency. It’s not so much that I have a dislike of Donald Trump; I have a disdain for him. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
We left my father’s old lawnmower in the more than capable, elven hands of John Gregory of The Old Lawnmower Company who promised that he would restore it to its former glory. This seemed like something of a tall order. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I just can’t imagine Nick Robinson or Evan Davis endlessly telling me invented stories about consumer products. They would just look like idiots. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Having spent a superb day whisking along the bends of the Black Forest road in Germany, the unfortunate journalists of 44 Teeth inevitably fell foul of a Swiss Alpine speed trap, cunningly designed to fleece tourists. The result? A CHF 4000 franc fine, payable on the spot and an instant driving ban. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
I consulted the internet and found The Old Lawnmower Company, a firm that was seemingly invented for people with wishes like mine. These are the skilled artisans of grass-cutting machinery who will make your mower rise Lazarus-like from the rusting flakes of its once vibrant green paint. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
The sowing of doubt to influence events has become something of an art form of late. The idea is to make it as hard as possible to arrive at the truth by fabricating a web of untruths. The more, the better. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
The Japanese have their bushido, the code of ethics of the samurai class. The English-speaking peoples, with the notable exception of the Americans, have cricket. Cheating, clearly, “just isn’t cricket”. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Couldn't have said it better myself, or I would have done. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
Top tip: The more banal the name, the more nefarious a company's business activity. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog
What struck me most about The Shed was Oobah’s perfect demonstration of marketing savvy which can be seen throughout his attempts to get his fake restaurant rocketing up the rankings. “We are the Banksy of South London restaurants,” he claims, hitting the nail on the head again. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at The Glidd of Glood Blog