Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

Off The Wall Essays From Deep Within A Capricious Mind

Longevity, Levity and Brevity

Whilst seeking inspiration for a subject to write about in today’s blog, I noticed it would have been the Queen Mother and Louis Armstrong’s birthdays today. The Queen Mother would have been 115 years old. As the 20th century drew to a close, she was dubbed by many as the nation’s favourite grandmother. Although some may argue the accolade should have gone to her daughter the Queen, Corrie’s Hilda Ogden, […]

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What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?

“All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” That famous line from a classic scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, should be re-written for my 22 year old daughter, who has returned home in the past few months after graduating from university. Her version would be something like […]

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Well They Aren’t Laughing Now!

In the song They All Laughed sung by Ella Fitzgerald the lyric includes the lines “They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, when he said the world was round.” The late comedian Bob Monkhouse also famously once said “They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well they aren’t laughing now!” I brought up the subject of Christopher Columbus because on this day in 1498 he became […]

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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 skills, not how attractive they were. If you looked like a clumsy beekeeper in those […]

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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, as I’m shallow, easily amused bloke the timing made me smile…………. If the fact I’ve […]

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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! So I’d like to wish, Joyeux anniversaire, radiateur, fenetre, testucles and any other French words […]

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