They’ll Be Dancing In The Streets Of Hawick Tonight

I was sad to hear the news of the passing of ‘The voice of horse racing’ Sir Peter O’Sullevan the other day, at the age of 97. He was one of a generation of great commentators from the era when I, along with millions of others, would be glued to BBC’s Grandstand on a Saturday…

John Kettley Is A Weatherman

Today is the birthday of former BBC weatherman Ian McCaskill. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, before the days of the latest technological advances in meteorology, the eccentric McCaskill used fortune cookies and complete guess work to predict the next days weather. His was an era when weather presenters were employed on meteorological knowledge and presentation…

You Cannot Be Serious!

Throwback Thursday – An updated version of a blog posted two years ago today…… Today has been such a slow news day the highlight thus far was a person on TV covering their nose at the precise time someone in our living room broke wind. The character in the movie obviously wasn’t reacting to the wind in our room. However,…

Puis-je épouser vos pigeons?!

On this day 38 years ago, French became the official language of the Quebec provincial government. Amongst the fallout of this decision, anyone who wanted to remain English speaking was deported to Idaho in the US. Here they were tasked with the enviable task of teaching the locals how to speak the mother tongue properly!…

Marmite & Marmalade’s Doorstep Delivery Service

I went to a T20 Blast cricket game at Headingley yesterday evening with my good mate Mike. By the way, if you’re reading this Mike you still owe me for the ticket you tight get! Seriously, though I’m not worried as he’s an amiable guy who I know will be good for the money. In…

How Long Is Your Dinner Hour?!

We’ve just returned from Karen’s third hospital visit this week. It has to be said hospital waiting and consulting rooms are not ordinarily where I’d choose to spend my time. They can be pretty grim, especially as some of the people in there are incurably ill. There is a melancholy about the atmosphere that renders…

The Sad Man Behind Blue Eyes

The late comedian/actor Robin Williams would have been 64 years old today. I recall as a kid first seeing him when he played an alien from the planet Ork, in the kids show ‘Mork and Mindy’. My initial thought on seeing him for the first time, wasn’t how funny and nuts this hyperactive guy in the…

Caught Between Baroque & A Hard Place

On this date in 1715 the Riot Act came into effect in England. Apparently, three hundred years to this very day local authorities were given the power to arrest a group of twelve or more people, if they didn’t disperse within an hour of a magistrate reading them the Riot Act. The act contained the…

You Have The Right To Remain Silent!

There is a saying that you know you’re getting old when policemen start looking younger. Well, I’m firmly entrenched in middle age now and I can categorically say that the copper, in the video clip below, doesn’t strike me as being in the throes of youth…………….The only way I would class him as young is…