Posturing and reality

Where there’s a will there’s a way as the old saying goes, unfortunately it also applies to the political will of our idiot politicians whose proximity to the real world seems to drifting ever further apart. This unfortunately is very…

Charlie Hebdo and the Islamists

Unlike the more cowed British press, Charlie Hebdo has shown no qualms in offending the easily offended. During the Danish Cartoons furore, they published. Did we see it this side of La Manche? Did we buggery. Yesterday, their offices were…

Gambling, collecting and loyalty

  There are good reasons to think that many common human behaviours such as petty gambling, collecting and loyalty are intimately linked. Here’s how. Imagine a Phänomen Gre Loetz glass vase made about 1901 – a highly collectible piece of antique glass.…

The problem with site stats

All references in this post to OoL stats are from October 25th to November 2nd, remembering that those actually on November 2nd onwards would not have had time to accumulate properly. I have a jaundiced view about site stats. At…

Maybe The ‘Teflon Don’* Is Right?

The ‘Mail’ invites us to gasp at the audacity of Arran Coghlan, as he challenges the Coroner’s Court and seemingly disrespects their holy authority: There were dramatic scenes as Mr Coghlan was ordered to respect the court. He responded by saying:…

Fantasy drugs policy

When blogging I’ve occasionally quoted from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books since they’ve always been less a fantasy series and more a series of parodies of parts of the world we actually live in, and there are often bits here…

All Hallows – food for thought.

The ‘Rotten Oak Tree’ from Atlas Shrugged and ‘Whatever is right’ At the start of 2011, on Ironies Too,  I offered these two short passages, both from the very first chapter of Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand to provide thought…

Here we go again?

What would take the place of Gaddafi’s semi-muslim, semi-socialist regime if he fell? That’s what a lot of people were wondering six or seven months ago when the Arab Spring uprisings reached Libya. Some, bloggers and journos mostly but I…

Hands off GMT!

Honestly, with all the economic and social problems going on in the UK, and now we’re debating time! Tory MP Tim Yeo laid out the ‘for’ argument in the Telegraph on October 28: This weekend the change in the clocks…