Seasonal whinging tells us that the great tradition of comedy on British television is waning. But for those of us nostalgic for “golden oldies” – Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies and lots, lots more – the BBC has a new site. Continue reading Nostalgia is exactly what it used to be
The first advertisement for a Christmas cracker appeared in The Illustrated London News in 1847. Crackers were invented by Tom Smith, a baker of sweets and designer of wedding cake ornaments. Continue reading Cards, crackers, and mistletoe
A number of human rights and women’s organizations have condemned the murder of Marisela Escobedo in Mexico on 16 December 2010. The Washington Times commented and the story has appeared on a number of blogs including this one.
A primeval fear of snow and a fascination with the transitory beauty of snowflakes imbue winter with both misgiving and awe. Yet, who hasn’t caught snowflakes on their tongue or made an angel in the snow? Continue reading Catching snowflakes on your tongue
Complaints have come in about a recent blog of mine on the killing of a Mexican mother seeking justice for the murder of her daughter. What upset some people was not the story itself, but the use of an expletive in the title.
When my daughter asked me if I knew what silly bands were, I thought she meant the latest fad in rock music or bands of marauding lunatics in the streets. It turns out she meant “Silly Bandz”, the latest craze to have swept the country’s schools. Silly me!