Environmentalism in action

Environmentalism in action

In Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy an insane bunch of people starting out on a new planet try to get a money system going and decide that leaves will do as banknotes. Unfortunately, because there are so many leaves on the new planet, they decide to instigate a massive programme of deflation and burn all … Continue reading

2017: A year of Cook’s Tours?

2017: A year of Cook’s Tours?

In episode three of The Grand Tour Jeremy Clarkson and colleagues finally get round to addressing the show’s title by going off in fast, expensive cars around Italy. Their route, they announce, is that which original Grand Tourists might take – Siena to Venice via Vicenza and Florence – and as they zoom through sun-blasted Tuscan … Continue reading

Phew, what a scorcher!

Phew, what a scorcher!

September the 13th, 2016, has been the hottest September day in the UK for sixtyish years, apparently. Currently (1.30pm) the temperature in London stands at a historic and very nice 32˚C. Whether this is something we should be worried about we’ll probably find out in the next few days if we really must, but in … Continue reading

That 10:10 video – a sincere defence

Analysing humour, as the famous formulation goes, is like pulling the wings off a beautiful fly to see if it can still dance to anything by Phil Collins and/or Genesis (or any eighties era bands that flies liked then) – it’s a horrifying ordeal best left to the imagination. But with all the hoohaa surrounding 10:10’s video … Continue reading

Hay, there

Hay, there

The riots started slowly with the homeless and the lowly Then they spread into the heartland towns that never get a wristband      – Paul Simon, Wristband Wristbands were an innovation this year for the How The Light Gets In festival at Hay. I know this because I had to ask for them eighty times … Continue reading