Wednesday, July 28, 2021



So I've spent the last two days travelling up and down to London in (almost) a pre-Covid (normal) working day way. I can report that the trains (didn't sample the tube) are much quieter than usual, on both days I easily got a double seat to myself and on most trains I had plenty of space between me and the next person. London itself though looks pretty normal to me, most people aren't wearing masks outdoors although the streets were pretty packed, making social distancing fairly impossible, I get the sense that fear is waning and behaviors are adjusting. I reckon it's only a matter of time before train density returns unless predictions about infection rates hold true (i.e. they go up), on that topic I'm less sure since the recent drop is counter intuitive, but logic says that a rise is inevitable, perhaps it will be gradual and lumpy?

Monday, July 26, 2021

Monday Mirth

Sometimes historical apologists get so close to the actual truth..


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Pious-Pic of the Week

Here's some rich medieval bloke looking out of his window at some poor buggers who seem to be in distress and suffering from some form of plague. Any parallels with our situation today are purely coincidental..


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Friday Beer

Nice beer last night while making dinner for everyone. From the Wild Beer Co. (visited last week in Somerset) this one was called "Everstone" and is a hazy IPA made with a variety of hops from New Zealand (Nectaron, Rakau and Wai-iti) that give it a very pronounced citrus and lime vibe alongside a sweet peachy spiciness, it was really good with the food we had (BBQ ribs and salad).

Friday, July 23, 2021


Couldn't resist this one, it's concept that winds up both left and right leaning people in our ever so bifurcated society, therefore extremely GVFM as far as humour goes!..

Friday Smirk

The excellent J&M cartoon, needs no explanation..


Thursday, July 22, 2021

It's Cricket Jim, but not as we know it..

I watched the new "100" cricket format last night on TV, I found it captivating, not least because I knew it was going to be over in 90 minutes! 

Now, don't get me wrong, I love Cricket and a good five day test match or Ashes series are quite compelling to me (even a good 20-20 game), but, to be perfectly honest the number of times in my life when I've had five clear and consecutive days to get absorbed into a cricket game can be counted on the fingers of one hand, in fact the answer is once! Back in 2005 I was laid up in bed with a bad back whilst the Ashes was on and watched every minute of every day, it was thrilling (I picked a good series to have a bad back!) Since then I've enjoyed matches but, as most working people do, only catching the odd hour or half-day here and there (thank Thor for TV highlights!)

The new format is most definitely "showbiz forward" and aimed at a younger less geeky crowd, but to be honest, who cares! If we get more kids into the game and make it more accessible to more people then that's all that matters, the more cerebral formats can be maintained (and afforded) for old codgers like me to enjoy when we're retired!

PS on further inspection, this photo is slightly alarming! The chap on the right hand side of the stage looks like he's going up in flames! (what's actually happening is that the "showbiz" elements mainly consisted of music, flares and fireworks) Much like the new format, whether you enjoyed it or not is probably mostly about perspective!


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Midweek Moan


Saw this picture on the interwebs the other day, I loved the image, so I thought I'd save it and find a suitable caption sometime. 

So this is for anyone in the following groups of people,

- antivaxxers
- Covid deniers
- think that it's "just flu"
- delusional "positive attitude" types
- WIFI conspiracy theorists
- macho, "you're all just wimps" types
- mask refusers
- lockdowns don't work believers
- psychotic capitalists
- Peter Hitchens
- Katie Hopkins

This is the clown that you are, in the trance that you're in, watching the daily death statistics rising on the news, every night...