Culture, History

Getting a “Rise” Out of Oliver Cromwell

I usually associate puckish or somewhat risqué headlines with organs such as the Daily Mirror in the UK, and the New York Post in the United States.  Newspapers that no-one in my family would have been caught dead reading, at least in public.  (Excuse me for a moment; just clearing my Internet cache, LOL....) So… Continue reading Getting a “Rise” Out of Oliver Cromwell

Culture, Politics

WWE: Jimmy and Rosalynn vs Lunchbox Joe and Dr. Jill

A recent post on Ricochet drew attention to the photo currently making the Internet rounds of Joe and Jill and Jimmy and Rosalynn. Here's the photo: Crimenutely.  It look as if two Amazons (must they be women?) have invaded a dolls' house. Here's the comment I made on Ricochet (#42, when I finally got round… Continue reading WWE: Jimmy and Rosalynn vs Lunchbox Joe and Dr. Jill

Culture, Entertainment, Family Matters, Movies and TV, Science Fiction

May the Fourth

Disclaimer, before I even start: I dread the first few weeks of May.  Every. Single. Year.  It’s one of those stretches of awful memory that many of us have at different times of the year, when it seems that regrets/trauma/cataclysm all pile on top of one another to render certain times insupportable and sometimes just… Continue reading May the Fourth

Culture, History, Love, Quote of the Day

“Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”

And today, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal… Continue reading “Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”

Culture, Family Matters, History, Literature, Medieval, Womanly Feminism

On Household Relations and the Natural Order of Things

There have been so many posts on the Internet lately, and many more over time, about relations and dynamics between the sexes, the state of Western Civilization, the role of men and women in it, and how soon the handcart we’re all bouncing around in will reach the gates of Hell (not long, FYI), that… Continue reading On Household Relations and the Natural Order of Things

Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Plain Speaking

Fire that Canon!

LOL. Following on his his refusal to apologize, and his subsequent "resignation" under duress from Hello, Breakfast, or whatever that show is called, for the thought crime of disbelieving Meghan Markle's Oscar-worthy performance in her conversation with The Oprah last month, Piers Morgan has struck back, suggesting that the senior Primate of the Church of… Continue reading Fire that Canon!

Ave Atque Vale, Culture, Entertainment, Politics

For Two Friends: Rush Limbaugh, and One More

The story goes that when Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral procession passed by, a man in the crowd was so overwhelmed that he collapsed on the ground. A person nearby went to his aid and asked: "Did you know Roosevelt?" "No," the stricken man replied. "But he knew me.'" I heard that story told anew when… Continue reading For Two Friends: Rush Limbaugh, and One More

Culture, Family, History

JANGALI, 1947

EVERY YEAR, about October/November a cattle tax of one-shilling-a-head was levied on every bull, steer, cow or calf throughout all the cattle-holding provinces of Northern Nigeria. This was in accordance with the principle that in order to establish sovereignty of the Crown, every adult in the territory had to pay an appropriate yearly tax to… Continue reading JANGALI, 1947

Culture, Family, Family Matters

Happy Birthday, Dad: The “Gremlin in the Petrol Tank” Edition

One of the enduring memes (if we had had such a word to describe them at the time) of my childhood would have been my Dad's invocation of the "gremlin in the petrol tank."  He was prone to bring it up in any situation where something unexpected happened and a thing that was supposed to… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Dad: The “Gremlin in the Petrol Tank” Edition

Culture, History

Happy (Belated) Birthday, George Washington!

So here we are on February 22, 2021, all set to observe George Washington's 289th birthday.  Right? Not so fast. It's true that, for years, February 22 was a national holiday in the United States.  Banks were closed.  Schools were closed.  No mail was delivered.  Department stores nationwide celebrated the end of the "white sales"… Continue reading Happy (Belated) Birthday, George Washington!