Archive for month: October, 2012

Gung ho or ho ho?

29 October, 2012 (14:55) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I’d love to know what it is that makes some men and women survey a job – say, for example, varnishing a door or painting a window – with a glint of optimism and a confident, can-do, no-fear attitude. Whatever it is, I’d like some. Every single job to do with building, maintenance or decorating […]

Raising the rent

22 October, 2012 (13:29) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

That was interesting. I’ve just delivered our old Belling oven to its new owner, a 19-year-old girl moving into a council flat who’d seen our advert in the Post Office window. Why she’s qualified for her flat, I don’t know. I didn’t ask because it felt like prying and I’m not a journalist any more. […]

Blowers and the curse of Scotland

20 October, 2012 (16:20) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Aren’t you all lucky? Here’s a little free additional extra to the usual weekly column. It’s here because a select band of Brothers is off for an audience with the Great Blowers tomorrow night, October 21st, at Tavistock Wharf. We’ve been explaining that we’ll be in the audience for an evening with Henry Blofeld partly […]

Talking ’bout no evolution

15 October, 2012 (12:51) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Perhaps the creationists are right and Darwin was wrong: how could a race this stupid have evolved? We kill millions in the name of fairy stories, destroy the very world on which we depend for life, despoil beauty and deify ignorance, stare the blindingly obvious in the face and ignore it, permit ourselves to be […]

Conscientious objection

8 October, 2012 (11:29) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Now then, now then. Is it just me, or are any of you, too, slightly repelled by the people queuing up to spill the alleged beans on Sir Jimmy Saville? They all say they couldn’t possibly have made such allegations while the wretched man was still alive, such was his power and influence and such […]

Little things mean a lot

1 October, 2012 (14:55) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

What did you have for lunch? Hope it wasn’t a toasted sandwich. It would have cost you 20% more than yesterday. The pasty – hooray! – may have escaped, but some hot takeaway foods like toasties and rotisserie chicken have still fallen victim to the Government’s latest bid to prove to us that we don’t […]