Just to cheer you up, a post about Brexit

The country is still seriously and angrily divided, and the days until 29th March are disappearing fast. So here is my suggestion: The Government should obtain Parliamentary approval to seek a six-month delay in Brexit to September 2019.  In alliance with the Opposition, it should then pass...

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The chocolate truffles of 2018

There was a time long ago when the news on the radio or TV was occasionally good news. But there’s not been a lot of good news in 2018. My latest nightmare scenario is a rerun Brexit referendum, which Remain wins by 51% to 49....

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“The Queen’s Gift”

Something rather different: two years ago I was asked to produce a Christmas short story set in Marod for Mightier Than The Sword's online publicity. So this is a little snippet of pre-"We Do Not Kill Children" backstory. Apologies to any of you who've read...

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Life in Sweden, by MP

I have known Matthew Perry since we met at college CU in 1980, and discovered a mutual passion for Tolkien. He was studying chemistry and has continued as a professional (industrial research) chemist ever since. In 2011 this led him and his family (artist wife ...

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Obliviate!

By the way, thank you everyone, for your very varied unfavourite hymns and songs. Do read all the comments, in order to find out which carol promised the young Judith Leader "fritters for ever". Very soon, the PPI Blogger is planning to watch a film called...

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A rant about the words of hymns

"What is your favourite hymn, psalm or spiritual song?" is a frequently asked question. Less often asked is: "What about your least favourite?" I have the interesting privilege of attending a church with three very different worship styles. One is worship from the book Mission Praise: basically...

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Vicarious liability and making law

For once, the PPI Blogger is putting on her (Scots) lawyer’s bunnet, to reflect on the case of WM Morrison (“Morrisons”) v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2339. This case, which recently made the news, is in fact English. However, it reminded me of one...

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Prime-time replacements for Paul and Prue?

Welcome back to the tent, writers! Last week, the Great British Write-Off featured Romance in all its forms. Star Writer was, perhaps surprisingly, JK, and we had to say goodbye to Bernard. Today, for the first time, The Great British Write-Off is featuring an SF/Fantasy week. So...

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