Wednesday, December 07, 2016

To be or not to be?

Paapa Essiedu, Tim Minchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Harriet Walter, David Tennant, Rory Kinnear, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, and HRH the Prince of Wales.

Paapa Essiedu comes into the coffee shop on his way to work apparently. Frankie got a bit of a shock regarding the company he keeps when she looked him up.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Once upon a time long ago

Once upon a time long ago, two boys born in the same city in the same year grew up as neighbours - one at number four Angelina Street in the old Tiger Bay area of Cardiff, the other at number seven.
They made it together into the same Cardiff schoolboy rugby team of the late 1940s and then they went their separate ways.
The boy at number four - the late Joe Erskine - became heavyweight champion of Britain and the Empire, a stylist whose ring career included victories over three world title contenders - Willie Pastrano, Henry Cooper, George Chuvalo.
And what became of the boy at number seven Angelina Street? Well, how long have you got because we are talking about the greatest try-scorer in rugby history - union and league - 571 touchdowns in 562 matches.
His name is Billy Boston.
His mother, Nellie, was Cardiff-Irish, his father, John all five feet four inches of him, was a merchant seaman from Sierra Leone. They had 11 children and Billy came smack in the middle.
My father talks about Joe Erskine and Billy Boston all the time. When Ben was little and we were back in Cardiff I used to take him down to the Cardiff Central Youth Club with his cousins to do free running. When I was wandering around there once I came across an old wooden board showing captains (or something similar) from back in the 40s and 50s. It showed J Browne and W Boston in successive years. I took a photo but I have mislaid it over the years.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Article 50 and the Supreme Court

In addition to the 11 judges, there are 55 barristers and other lawyers, including 26 QCs, representing the 14 parties in the case.

There are so many lawyers, in fact, that there is not room for all of them in court - some are having to follow proceedings via videolink in another part of the building.

Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done believed.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

why alcohol makes us feel good, then doesn’t

If someone offered you a glass of mild poison, you’d decline. If they said “drink this, it’ll make it harder to walk, speak and remember things, and you’ll feel awful tomorrow”, you’d be even less keen. If they expected payment for it, you might even get annoyed at their audacity. You certainly wouldn’t be grateful for it, then buy yourself and them several more doses over the course of an evening. Nonetheless, this happens all the time.
To be borne in mind after the weekend I've had and with Dry January on the horizon.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

God! Show Me Magic

The Super Furry Animals are on tour celebrating 20 years of Fuzzy Logic. Man we are getting old.

Friday, December 02, 2016

back fill

Didn't get round to writing anything here on Friday what with going to Wales and all.

Making up for it now.

Also the Bomber didn't make the Surrey squad; bad grumf,

Thursday, December 01, 2016

First World Problems II

We host regular four course wine dinners throughout the year, assisted by Daniel O'Keefe of Hallgarten Wines.
I have laid out my dinner suit, dress shirt and bow tie but I can't seem to find cuff links.

Update: Relax, I found them, hidden in the inlaid wooden box, with my half hunter gold fob watch.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

First World Problems

The Echo in the kitchen wasn't responding when I got in yesterday and its rim glowed red as opposed to blue. It looks like the cleaners had pressed the microphone-off button to stop it eavesdropping on them.

The original Echo lives in the kitchen now. I Black-Fridayed an Echo Dot for the bedroom along with a dimmable Hive bulb.

I can now ease myself into the day by murmuring "Alexa bedroom light 10%" when I wake up.

Unfortunately the lamp shade won't fit over the new bulb which, with all its magical extras is deeper than standard.

Into each life a little rain must fall.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Every Newspaper Analysis of Everything for the next four years

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Types of Ethical Theory

You would not enjoy Nietzsche, sir. He is fundamentally unsound.
"Jeeves Takes Charge" is a short story written by P. G. Wodehouse. It was first published in the United States in The Saturday Evening Post on 18 November 1916, and in the United Kingdom in the April 1923 edition of Strand Magazine. Its first book publication was in Carry on, Jeeves in 1925.

I've been meaning to dig this up for ages. Now you are as well informed as I am.

To my surprise and delight Types of Ethical Theory appears to be a real book; "a synthesis of the lifelong thinking of British theologian philosopher James Martineau (1805-1900), this astonishing work, written when he was 80 and published in 1885, continues to offer important insight into the borderlands between faith and reason."
The postulate or common understanding involved in speech is certainly co-extensive, in the obligation it carries, with the social organism of which language is the instrument, and the ends of which it is an effort to subserve.
All perfectly true, no doubt; but not the sort of thing to spring on a lad with a morning head.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hold your breath

I am just back from the second assessment for the U16 Surrey RFU squad.

The Bomber fumbled a high pass that would have out him over in the corner for a try so I will be on tenterhooks until we hear the result.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

the race is not to the SWIFF, nor the battle to the strong,

To the list of civilised events where only I am sufficiently belligerent to have a barney we may now add the South West London International Film Festival.

Friday, November 25, 2016

How not to speak like Richard Burton

Dan Fish starts at full back for the Blues tonight, away at Connacht.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

How to speak like Richard Burton

Concerning my Richard Burton impersonation - A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases.

I will, however, still listen to How Richard Burton Got His Voice.