Author: JuliaM

Angry about the state of my country, I started commenting in about 2004, and finally blogging for myself in 2008, and so, here we are! I blog as 'JuliaM' though at CiF and other sites, my handle is 'thylacosmilus'. Don't worry, I only bite fools and leftwingers.

Have Books Had Their Day?

A fascinating article from Sam Leith on the changes to the books industry post-Internet age: You won’t find any shortage of people willing to pronounce the printed book doomed, arguing that the convenience and searchability of digital text and the…

Signs And Portents For 2012…

In a sign that does not bode well for next summer’s celebration of sporting excellence, the biggest test event so far for the 2012 Olympic Games was marred yesterday by angry confrontations between drivers and stewards. Oh, dear. What went…

Oh, I Hate To Be Proved Right….*

So, just a few days after I wrote this: A man is facing court after allegedly trying to organise a 1,000-person waterfight in Colchester town centre. Not that – not ‘holding’ one, ‘allegedly trying’ to hold one! A 20-year-old man…

California Dreamin’ Madness

SE Smith on an incident that has apparently ‘made headlines around the world’ despite the fact that it is the first time I’ve heard of it, and I’m a bit of a news junkie… On 5 July, police officers in…

No, This Is Not A ‘Reading Tax’…

…anymore than a speeding ticket is a ‘driving tax’: Children as young as one in Hampshire will be fined for overdue library books in a controversial move, branded a “reading tax” by critics. *sigh* This ‘tax’ doesn’t apply if you…

The Elites Are Scared…

…and what they’re scared of is the public deciding that, since the police service they pay for isn’t up to the job, they better do it themselves: … the broom-wielders of Clapham have not been the only manifestation of the…

‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit!’

No, really: Moves to impose an annual limit on benefit payments to the unemployed will affect single mothers and ethnic minorities hardest, the Government’s own analysis of the controversial policy has concluded. And a resounding ‘So what?!’ is hollered back……