The morning of New Year’s Day

The twelve days of Christmas are a good time, and it’s a bonus that we have New Year in the middle of them. I have always loved the miscellaneous quietish week between the 25th and the 1st - and incidentally have never got over the...

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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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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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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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How my generation was brought up: the facts

Growing up in a house crammed with books, there were a few perhaps unexpected ones I discovered for myself, and came to love. Among these were the works of John and Elizabeth Newson, an enterprising couple who set out to discover how ordinary mothers brought...

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The desire to sing comic songs on the ruins

The following telephone conversation (more or less) took place, yesterday, Thursday. Me: Hello. Caller: Good morning, can I speak to Mrs Wallace? Me: I am Mrs Wallace, who are you? Caller: I am from Telephone Preference Service, I am here to tell you that we are going to block...

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