Sarah Everard was allegedly abducted whilst walking home from a friends home in Clapham, sadly her body was discovered in Kent last Wednesday and a serving Policeman has been arrested for her murder.

An official organised vigil had been cancelled because of Covid-19 regulations which would have made the event an illegal gathering and the parents of Sarah Everard had also requested the event did not take place.

However, an unofficial vigil took place last night at Clapham Common and was attended by quite a few hundred people, the majority of which seemed to be female, they gathered around the bandstand and placed flowers and lit candles, although why on earth they couldn’t wait another few weeks when it will not be illegal for so many to meet I have no idea.

Unfortunately, for those attending the Police arrived and what seems like a minor scuffle took place which resulted in four women being arrested, one of whom was Patsy Stevenson who said of the events, “I was terrified, I have never been so scared honestly.”

She was asked why she was restrained and arrested and said, “to be honest I still don’t know why I was pushed to the ground so forcefully” and continued that she was released twenty minutes after her arrest and given a £200 fine.

This event has caused quite a stir, with the Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Ed Davey asking for the resignation of the Metropolitan Police Chief, Cressida Dick, 8000 people have also signed a petition to the same effect and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has asked for a full enquiry by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

All this seems somewhat over the top to say the least and a complete waste of time and money, to have an inquiry into an illegal event where hundreds of people took part and yet only four arrests were made, the politically correct world in which we now find ourselves is becoming more and more ridiculous with every passing day.

Just in case you missed my point although I would have thought it glaringly obvious;


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To us British we understand protocol, it’s innate in us, we understand how the firm works, we don’t have to be a member to know that. Obvious things, like who walks out of Church with the Queen and the order in which they walk behind her.

I can only assume that things must have got lost in the translation, take for example; if you leave the firm, you are not entitled to Royal protection and it certainly wasn’t withdrawn because of Archie’s skin colour.

Meghan must have seen corporate executives being sacked in a recession, where they walk out the front door with their things in a cardboard box, they stop being paid and the company car is taken back, it’s the same principal with Royal protection.

The assumption that the Royal family stopped Archie having the title Prince is also wrong, he is not entitled to the title until his grandfather Charles is on the throne and Archie moves up the pecking order, the firm did not stop Archie having the Title of Prince, he wasn’t entitled to it.

Now, the political hot potato, that a senior Royal was concerned about the skin colour of Archie. I may be wrong but I see that as a concerned father talking to his son to make him aware of the possible backlash from social media should Archie have turned out to be very dark.

It is very unlikely that we will ever know the true story as the Royal family have a policy of, “never complain, never explain.” I find the saddest thing to come out of the Oprah interview was the fact that Meghan had done no research about the Royal family prior to plunging into marriage with Harry, surely any decent actress would do some research on the character she is about to play.

It seems she did a very bad audition and then went on to play the part very badly for a very short run, someone should have warned her, it’s not a glamorous lifestyle opening a chip shop in Scunthorpe on a cold November afternoon, perhaps they could have sent her off to do Pantomime where you have to play eight shows a week, including the two matinee’s to give her some idea of what she was up against.

All very sad, but they’ve made their bed and now they have to lay in it.

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Life has taught me to be sceptical about so many things especially nowadays with the advent of Facebook and all the other social media sites which are full of untruths and in some cases complete and utter bollocks if you’ll pardon my French!

This was exactly how I was feeling having watched last nights Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan, with both Meghan and Oprah overacting dreadfully, leaving me thinking what I was hearing just didn’t seem to ring true, perhaps it will make sense when we hear the other side of the story.

However, following last nights interview with Harry and Meghan The Royal Family have chosen as yet not to comment and I feel I should do likewise and follow Royal Protocol and refrain from comment myself, a lesson to be learned here I think; “Never complain, never explain.”

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A female reporter Sonja McLaughlan was left crying in her car after receiving abusive social media messages following her post match interview with the England Captain Owen Farrell following England’s defeat by Wales in the Six Nations.

I know very little of the Rugby world but I’m led to believe that the England Captain can be a little terse when it comes to his answers after the match when he is interviewed which required the poor interviewer to be a little more probing than she might otherwise have been which caused a torrent of abuse to befall her through the medium of Twitter.

Wales won the match in Cardiff with a score of 40-24 although the match was riddled with controversy with many questionable refereeing decisions but apparently Wales won the Triple Crown in something called the Six Nations and well done to them.

Miss Mc Naughlan later tweeted; “Toxic, embarrassing, disgraceful, appalling, just some of the feedback I’ve had, thanks for using the @ sign so it’s all hit home. Now imagine getting inundated with abuse for doing your job. In my car crying. Hope you’re happy.”

Now I have never been trollied online, I’m glad to say and I hope it never happens, however I have learnt from this news item that using the @ sign makes it all the more personal, although I haven’t the faintest idea why.

All I can say in conclusion is, this is not the way to behave chaps, especially when using the @ sign, so desist immediately, this sort of behaviour is just not cricket.

In my car crying, hope you're happy' - Sonja Mclaughlan posts tragic tweet  following England interview | Rugby Onslaught

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Apparently a Japanese billionaire is looking for eight people to join him on a trip round the moon, Mr Yusaku Maezawa who is an online fashion tycoon wants to fill the spaces he has purchased on the spaceship which is being developed by Space X.

Should the trip be successful they will be the first people to have completed the voyage since the Apollo mission in 1972 and Space X founder Elon Musk said he was highly confident that the Starship would be safe enough for human transport by 2023.

Not wishing to put a dampener on the proceedings but I feel obliged to mention that the Starship has crash landed in a massive fireball on two occasions on its return to Earth, so whilst they seem to have the going up part reasonably well controlled the coming down part seems to have a few flaws.

The timeline for applications for people to pre-register is by 14th March with an initial screening scheduled for 21st March and should they find eight people who are as mad as a bunch of frogs it will be all systems go and I wish them all the best of British luck!

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Have you ever wondered why you can never get a doctor’s appointment and always have to wait two or three weeks unless you can manage to convince the receptionist that you are virtually at deaths door and are far too weak to make it to Accident and Emergency at the hospital without danger of collapsing in the street.

I have managed to drag myself kicking and screaming into the 20th Century and for those reading this who might question; surely you mean the 21st Century, I say one step at a time, however I have become used to ordering my prescriptions from the doctors on line and barring the fact that it takes them a week to have them ready, picking them up directly from the surgery is very convenient.

The problem arose this week when I went to order my prescription and it said I need to have a review of my medication before I can order again, which required me to phone the surgery to try to arrange a phone consultation due to the current Covid restrictions.

Luck I thought was with me when the receptionist said there was no need for that and she would consult a doctor who would ok the request and reset my online account so I could continue to order online, all well and good except late the following day it had still not been done.

Tomorrow being Friday I thought I would have to try to sort it today as if it still isn’t done by Friday we then get to the weekend where nothing is done and before long I have run out of pills, I don’t know if it’s just me that feels as if modern life is like pushing water uphill?

I did have better luck today as the person I spoke to said they would put this prescription request through and arrange a review of my medication with a doctor over the phone for future requests which I hope will go through and I will not run out of pills next week.

Now, you may think I have gone on a little with this post and taken my time getting to the point, I would suggest you read the first sentence again which explains the point of this post, why do you always have to wait two or three weeks before you can get to see the doctor.

At last I have the answer, all the doctors are far too busy seeing patients or phoning them at present, requesting “are you feeling well and do you need to continue with your current medication?”

“Well, surprise surprise doctor, yes I do need to continue with my medication it makes me feel well and alleviates all the symptoms I have without the pills.”

One is forced to wonder why they waste their time asking, for surely if the medication had ceased to work and you were feeling unwell or had new symptoms or were in pain you would have phoned the surgery to get an appointment, assuming the doctor wasn’t wasting all the available appointments asking people who feel perfectly well if they still need their medication.

Modern life, I ask you!

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What’s new, Mr Trump made a speech yesterday to CPAC where he spouted the same old lies to the same deluded followers, “the election was stolen, it wasn’t me that started the riot, I’m the best President the USA has ever had,” blah, blah, blah.”

The record breaking Mr Trump has so far got the record for being the worst President America has ever had, the only President to have been impeached twice and the way he is going will probably get the Guinness World record for leading the largest lunatic cult ever recorded.

I’m led to believe Mr Trump is also currently sitting in third place for the world’s worst comb over hair cut which means if the two chaps in front of him should meet with an unfortunate accident, this is another record there for the taking.

Now that he’s fired up all his followers again it’s time for his new slogan; MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN, although I’m not sure if it’s an election slogan or a call to arms.

Here is another record opportunity for Mr Trump, I see him starring in a massively long epic film based on the American Civil War called Gone with the Wind with his final close up in front of a blazing battle scene of complete carnage where he utters the immortal line; “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

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About a month ago I received a letter from the NHS which said they had sent me this letter as experts recommend that people in my age group should be the first to receive the free NHS coronavirus vaccine, this is because evidence shows that risk of serious illness due to coronavirus increases with age.

It continued that I have a choice of places to be vaccinated, by my GP services who will contact me directly, if they haven’t already, or at a vaccination centre and the letter would show me how to book an appointment should I choose the latter option.

Should I prefer to be vaccinated through my local GP services I should ignore the letter and all I would need to do is to wait for my GP services to contact me which, if they haven’t already, will be soon.

As time passed and it was getting on for a month since the arrival of the letter, I decided to look on line to look at the option of going to the vaccination centre which it said was 13 miles away, however in the small print it said, as the crow flies.

Having checked Google maps it turns out the vaccination centre is actually 23 miles away and was at a large venue which I was reluctant to visit, even though I have had Covid-19 and I assume I may have some antibodies to protect me I understand that you can still catch it again so decided to once again wait for my local doctors’ surgery.

I met a friend of mine in our local post office this week who said she had her vaccine some time ago, although she has underlying heath issues which may have bumped her up the queue and another friend of mine who is younger than I am who lives in the next County has also had his and it was at the local hospital in a small out building with virtually no waiting time and sounded very civilised.

Now I don’t want to sound like a whinging old man, but I am and knowing of people who live in London in their twenties who have also had their vaccine I am getting a little fed up with what feels like people jumping the queue.

At the moment I am a mere 69 years old and will not be 70 until April when I sincerely hope I will finally be old enough to get my vaccine, we live in hopes! 

I am not criticising The Government in any way for I feel they have done a splendid job under the circumstances and I find it quite annoying when someone from the opposition turns up and says, “what you should have done is…..” any bloody idiot can say what to do after the event.

I’m sure in the near future I will get my vaccine, they say patients is a virtue.

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I happen to have caught the James Corden interview with Prince Harry on The Late Late Show which I must say I have never seen before and having seen the show I now know why I have not bothered to watch it before.

James Corden is I believe the talk of the town and has been very successful with this show which is extremely popular with the Americans and is paid a vast salary for his performance; all I can say is I can’t for the life of me understand why, his interview technique is abysmal and as for the chat with Harry I found it grossly embarrassing.

Starting with them boarding an open topped double decker bus for a ride around Los Angeles which caused Harry to comment that he had never been on an open topped bus before and he thought it a good idea, which made me wonder if he had thought it such a good idea before one wonders why he hadn’t hired one and gone for a ride round London with his friends when he lived here.

During the course of the interview they pretended to have tea and cakes and Harry declared that The Queen had bought a waffle machine for Archie’s birthday and they all now had waffles regularly for breakfast made by his wife Megan who knocks up an organic batter, adding as an afterthought that they were topped with some healthy fruit and Archie’s first word was crocodile.

James Corden feigned laughter and said he couldn’t imagine The Queen purchasing a waffle maker and having it sent to Los Angeles; well James let me assist you.

Imagine if you will The Queen having just finished a zoom conversation with her Grandson Harry where the waffle maker was requested, The Queen now rings a bell to summon a flunkey who then enters the room, not too hard a stretch of the imagination so far, I think.

The Queen then turns to the flunkey and says, “would you be so kind as to purchase one of those waffle making thingamabobs and have it sent to Harry over in Los Angeles,” after which the flunkey replies in the positive and The Queen gets on with more important matters of state, or listens to Woman’s Hour on the wireless.

The rest of the interview was just as inane as the one which followed with a well-known actress whose name escapes me, as the interview was that boring and which must have left professional chat show hosts wondering what all the fuss over Corden is all about.

Obviously, something seems to have got lost in the translation if this is what the American audience think is top notch television and if this is the best Harry can come up with, I would imagine Netflix or whoever else he has lucrative TV deals with will soon be asking for their money back.

I’m sorry but if this is Harry’s idea of service then all I can say is he wasn’t paying attention when he used to have a proper job as a working member of the British Royal Family, I dread the thought of this getting any worse where we find him appearing in tacky commercials for second hand car lots on Sunset Strip.

Debrett’s the British professional coaching company, publisher and authority on etiquette and behaviour which was founded in 1769 has published many books to assist with the correct behaviour for any given situation one might find oneself in and it seems to me only a matter of time before they come out with a book for Harry perhaps entitled; How to leave the Royal Family and continue life with class, dignity and style.

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Today was the funeral of Sir Tom Moore, 100 year old charity fundraiser, ex Army Captain, motorcycle racer and all round good egg.

He was conscripted in World War Two into the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and served in the Burma Campaign where he survived dengue fever and was sent home where he took a training course in Churchill tanks and became an instructor and Technical Adjutant of the Armoured Vehicle Fighting School.

Demobilised in 1946 and rather interestingly he organised the 8th Battalion’s annual reunion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment for the following 64 years, which was the longest continual annual reunion of the Regiment.

Sir Tom raced a Scott motorcycle competitively and won several trophies, I imagine without injury, however much later in life he broke his hip which was the start of his charity walk as he had to use a walking frame to aid his recovery.

Initially the aim was 100 laps of his garden and a target of £1000 but after an appearance on Michael Ball’s radio show the publicity grew as did the contributions which finally reached a massive 32 million pounds.

He recorded the number one single You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball, which made him the oldest person to have a number one hit and was honoured by a fly past of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on his 100th birthday and was knighted personally by The Queen in July 2020.

What a splendid fellow he was, sadly missed. Rest in peace, Captain Sir Tom.

Britain says farewell to pandemic hero Captain Sir Tom Moore with guard of  honour, WWII plane flyover - ABC News

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