Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Womanly Feminism

A Horse! A Horse! My Kingdom for a Horse!

Am I the only person on planet Earth who finds the alleged proffering, by Elon Musk to his contract employee, of…umm…a horse in return for doubling down on her sexual favors towards him, more than a little ridiculous? Good.  I hoped not. On the other hand, perhaps not so ridiculous (I always try to pay attention… Continue reading A Horse! A Horse! My Kingdom for a Horse!

Music, Plain Speaking

Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

I've often mentioned my fondness for Mark Steyn on this site.  It's one which dates back many years, long before he referenced Dad's Telegraph obituary in his National Review column.  I think it even dates to before my discovery that he spent many of his formative years in Birmingham in the UK, my family stomping… Continue reading Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

Culture, Music, Plain Speaking

Triangulations (Apologies to Sir Cliff Richard)

Lord.  I remember, as a child and adolescent, Cliff Richard being the quintessentially British pop star.  Better (and bigger) than the Beatles. He never really made it in the States, where his closest brush with fame came in the mid-1970s with something called "Devil Woman." Not really one of my faves, as I wasn't sure… Continue reading Triangulations (Apologies to Sir Cliff Richard)

Culture, Plain Speaking, Social Media Idiocy, Womanly Feminism

The Ballad of Amber and Johnny: Make it Stop. Please.

Well now Frankie and Johnny were sweethearts They were true as a blue blue sky--The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny, Sammy Cahn and Johnny Green Apparently, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp met during the filming of The Rum Diary, a movie based on the Hunter S. Thompson book of the same name.  Depp was, it… Continue reading The Ballad of Amber and Johnny: Make it Stop. Please.

Life, Plain Speaking, Relationships, Rural Living

The Joys of Schadenfreude

Well, there's the Wayne Newton original, which probably should come with a trigger warning, if only because of his execrable German pronunciation: https://youtu.be/0m_giioppT4 And then there's the karaoke music.  You're welcome to sing along with my revised lyrics: https://youtu.be/DNL6I-NMhTw Schadenfreude, darling, schadenfreude I find myself feeling overjoyed. Blogging site, on the Internet Was the place… Continue reading The Joys of Schadenfreude

Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Technology

Quote of the Day: May I Live To See It

A social media platform’s policies are good if the most extreme 10% on left and right are equally unhappy--Elon Musk To be perfectly clear, I'm not a diehard Elon Musk fan. He's an interesting fellow who doesn’t fit into any convenient box that we’d like to put him into.  We in the UK used to… Continue reading Quote of the Day: May I Live To See It

Business, Plain Speaking

Thinking of Naming a Business? Some Tips

I've been there and done that.  Sometimes on my own account, sometimes as an employee or contractor for others who sought my professional opinion.  Here--after much research, a considerable amount of training, a purposeful opinion that ignorant drivel and slaver aren't helpful, and decades of failure and occasional success, even if only in a small… Continue reading Thinking of Naming a Business? Some Tips

Plain Speaking, Politics

I’ve Been Cancelled by the Daily Telegraph: One of the Proudest Moments of my Life

I posted a comment in response to this article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/final-straw-family-farm/ Many of you may find it’s behind the paywall, so a few excerpts: Generations of farmers have stood up to Brexit and other difficulties, but the Ukraine war could push them over the edge financially For consumers, the war in Ukraine and its impact on commodity… Continue reading I’ve Been Cancelled by the Daily Telegraph: One of the Proudest Moments of my Life

History, Philosophy, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: “If Virtue is its Own Reward…

...so then is vice its own punishment," The first part of today's conditional QOTD can be traced back to ancient times and (at the least) the Stoic meditations of Epictetus in which he wrote "the reward of virtue is in the acts of virtue." IOW--if you do something good for others (a virtuous act) there's… Continue reading Quote of the Day: “If Virtue is its Own Reward…