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The border after Brexit

Peter May says that Richard Chambers has the answer.

Header photo 27 September 2019

Shannon Harbour July 2013

Arr, Jim lad

Lord Bonkers reminds us today of the evils of piracy.

Which is appropriate, as it’s ITLAP day.

Goodbye, Mr Pastry

Mr Trump, the chap they have in the Americas nowadays, has dispensed with the services of his national security adviser, Mr Pastry.

I can’t remember who first pointed out the resemblance; apologies. More on Mr Pastry here.

And if you liked that, you might like Wilson, Keppel and Betty. Who needs breakdancers?

The new header photo

Kilteery pier, on the Shannon estuary, August 2015

Westvleteren …

… now on tinterweb.

Been there, done that; got the beer, glasses and crate. And very nice too.

Apart from …

all that, though, what did you think of Mrs May as prime minister?

John Cage: Death Metal

Here you are; h/t Lambert Strether.

Maybe it’s just me …

I have before me a brochure advertising Guy Cotten Workwear for persons engaged in agriculture, processing or safety. One of the items is called Bib & Braces with Fly. The description includes this feature:

Self-grip storm flap fly.

Shouldn’t chaps do that sort of thing in the privacy of their homes, rather than when engaged in agriculture, processing or safety?



HMG regrets the 1919 massacre at Amritsar, but won’t say sorry: “we debase the currency of apologies if we make them for many events”, and I suppose it would take too long.

Here’s Ferdinand Mount on the subject.

Reginald (not, pace the Grauniad, George) Dyer went to Midleton College in Cork; Sir Michael O’Dwyer, who approved of his actions, was from Limerick Junction.

The Conservatives thought Dyer was a great chap.