A walk in the mall

Skinny vs. regular jeans is a discussion for which I have nothing to add. Fashion as a subject, is a bit like quantum physics to me, I know absolutely nothing about it and have even less of an inclination to spend anytime finding out about it. From the outside...

Eating a Turtle

When I was a wee boy I used to be a bit of a fussy eater. Not one of those dull, modern day invented, lactose intolerant, vegan types, just a common or garden fussy food child. I remember turning my nose up when my mother first put a pizza...

The Gruffalo

What matters more, feelings or facts? A week or so ago I turned a corner and forty years old disappeared from my rear view mirror, looming ahead of me front and center is fifty. I don’t feel forty-six. I don’t even know what forty-six should feel like which probably makes...

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

There’s something strange going on in Paris. I’m not sure exactly what it is but its definitely there. Its in the air, or the water. Whether its seeping out of the catacombs or hitching a ride on the excellent city wifi I I don’t know but something’s definitely changing...

Island Nation

A country with a moat is very secure. It would take real determination to conquer a nation so fortuitously endowed with such a natural defense. Ever since Doggerland disappeared 8,000 years ago Great Britain has enjoyed a natural moat, one which has famously not been breached for coming on...

Rainbows & Unicorns

In the TV show Game of Thrones there are dragons. Three of them. Big scary scaly things which can fly, breath fire, kill anything they want and are notoriously hard to train. The Queen of the dragons in the show can sort of control them, like the mother of...

Be afraid, be mildly afraid

I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I believe they put a man on the moon. Elvis is also dead. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald and Osama Bin Laden was primarily responsible for 9/11. I don’t believe there is a shadowy group of people controlling our actions without us...

Being Saintly

Its hardly surprising that, with the exception of Judas Iscariot, all of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ are venerated as Saints in the Catholic church. I don’t think I need to explain why Judas was overlooked. But even if you haven’t gone as far as to do something...

Changing the guard?

‘Whane yew is in ‘merica, we is right.’ came the response. It was at that point I gave up on trying to explain that the dating convention commonly used in the US; MM/DD/YYY is the exception, rather than the rule. Or to put it in the fat car hire...