Archive for month: July, 2012

Money, love, death, sex, taxes. Think that’s everything

30 July, 2012 (19:34) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Well, you live and learn. I thought there was absolutely nothing in the world that could even begin to focus my attention on the sickeningly corrupt, obscenely expensive corporate love-in boreathon that is the Olympics. But director Danny Boyle managed it by constructing an extraordinary opening ceremony. Not that I watched it, you understand: the […]

Sun. Hat on. Hip hip hip hooray

23 July, 2012 (13:25) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Wow. A day in the garden; the hot sweet scent of charcoal mingling with the evocative tang of cut grass;  family cricket; water pistol fights; wet clothes – yes, wet T-shirts too! – drying in the sun; roses climbing; honeysuckle wafting beauty by the gate to the field; the dog lying in the shade with […]

Doing the ironying

16 July, 2012 (13:53) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Well, it’s been a tense few days but I think we’re alright now. I’ve had complaints from all my utility suppliers, you see: electricity, phone, water. I’d rung them up to tell them they were selfish money-grabbing bastards who should be tortured remorselessly and unspeakably by being made to watch every minute of the forthcoming […]

Back and forth

8 July, 2012 (22:04) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I love it when everybody gets involved, so many thank-yous this week for inspiration. Brother Reg, gazing, as so many of us do, in shock and awe at the unfolding omnishambles of Cameron’s Britain, reminded me of a speech made in 1983 at the height of the reign of the Evil Witch Queen: “I warn […]

Fairies at the bottom of the garden

2 July, 2012 (14:50) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

It’s never pleasant, being harangued, but especially so first thing on a Monday morning. It was a Tory, of course, on Radio 4’s Start the Week – one of Cameron’s ‘New Radical’ Conservatives, Elizabeth Truss. We must work harder, behave like a young country and free our entrepreneurial spirit, cut regulation and enable the making […]