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February 17, 2015 156 Comments

How I got stoned on skunk

I had sucked in two huge gulps of the stuff before I started spluttering. I am not a smoker, and the skunk was being delivered in vapour form – two huge balloons of the stuff.

The first balloon was dilating slowly. I increased the strength of my gulps, spluttered more, and after some five minutes had consumed the lot.

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February 11, 2015 15 Comments

The HSBC board game that defies all-comers

Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs White and the Reverend Green. Why do I awaken this sunless morn to thoughts of Cluedo?

February 5, 2015 8 Comments

Sartorial rebellion: the Greek cutting out ties

I cant think of a more depressing start to the day than to go to the wardrobe and pull out a dull maroon tie, with a few dots or stripes on it. Or worse, none at all.

February 4, 2015 3 Comments

Will the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war ever be published?

Even John Chilcot can never have anticipated the years of toil, obfuscation and delay that would surround his efforts in trying to find the truth about the Iraq war.

February 2, 2015 5 Comments

The language of war in political campaigning

“All-out war” on mediocre schools; apparent threats to “weaponise” the NHS and the “battle” to win voters. A distraction from the real wars that dog the

January 30, 2015 10 Comments

As Churchill’s coffin passed, I cried and tried to hide my tears

On a cold January day in 1965, I joined the crowds in Oxford as Churchill’s funeral train passed. Though we never exchanged a word, we were drawn together in one signal act of gratitude.

January 23, 2015 8 Comments

The Saudi king is dead, long live the Saudi king

Many thousands of Saudi men are in the field with Isis. But the Saudi royal family is so dominant that it is unclear who is linked to what when it comes to the export of extremism.

January 21, 2015 11 Comments

No Chilcot report on Iraq: absolutely no surprise

No one knows how to delay an urgent inquiry into serious misjudgments, mistakes, and misdoings, than the British ‘system’.

January 20, 2015 6 Comments

No tears for the passing of the Sun’s page 3 anachronism

There’s no topless page 3 girl in today’s edition of the Sun newspaper – but in the age of the internet, didn’t the feature become obsolete many years ago?

January 19, 2015 7 Comments

Fiddling whilst the Swissie churns

They spend their lives dealing, trading, monitoring and watching. Yet last week, when the Swiss Central Bank detached the Swissie from tracking the Euro, it turns out they knew nothing.

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