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Haddon Salt was the king of fish and chips from Skegness to California

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Yorkshireman Haddon Salt run a fish and chips empire that in the 1960s exceeded 500 stores. Kentucky Fried Chicken noticed the immigrant’s success. In 1969 the chicken mongers … (read more)

Posted: 28th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comment


Boris Johnson, Remainers or democracy?

Lots of noise about Boris Johnson checking the legalities of closing down parliament for five weeks from early September to mid-October. The buzzword is “prorogue”.

If the democratic chamber is muzzled, Johnson … (read more)

Posted: 26th, August 2019 | In: News, Politicians | Comment


Chinese fakery : goods rebranded ‘Made In Vietnam’

Last week US President Donald Trump pledged a hike in tariffs on Chinese imports to the US. Trump accuses China of bad trading practices and intellectual property theft. USA Today … (read more)

Posted: 26th, August 2019 | In: Money, News, Politicians | Comment


Several Variants on the Game of Chess

Pippin Barr has developed this fun take on chess: several variations on the game of chess. Play in “Clone” mode and the piece you’ve moved replicates. “Chance” turns your piece into … (read more)

Posted: 26th, August 2019 | In: Technology | Comment


Why No VAR? Blatant Liverpool foul for first Arsenal goal

Good news for Arsenal fans is that you can feel hard done by at losing 3-1 to Liverpool. Salah’s terrific goal, Liverpool’s third, came after a second from the penalty … (read more)

Posted: 25th, August 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment


Hal is coming: Russian Spacecraft carrying humanoid Robot aborts Space Station docking

Have Ronald Reagan’s ray guns readied. An uncrewed Russian Soyuz Spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot has aborted docking at International Space Station.

Onboard the Roscosmos Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is the … (read more)

Posted: 25th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment


Southampton man guilty of growing small amount of cannabis; innocent City boys think bigger

All that talk of legalising cannabis and in the meanwhile people are having their lives damaged by raising a cash crop in their residence. Michael Antony Muirhead was growing a … (read more)

Posted: 25th, August 2019 | In: News | Comment


Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew’s pathetic defence in full

Prince Andrew has issued a statement about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. It’s utter bilge. Quite extraordinary nonsense.

“I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Royal Family | Comment


Situations vacant : young women to rub Prince Andrew’s post-Epstein feet

Before he was “appalled” by Jeffrey Epstein’s corpse and the financier’s “alleged crimes”, Prince Andrew was seen getting a foot massage from a young woman at Epstein’s apartment. Writing in … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Royal Family | Comment


Falsettos : Jews and Non-Jews can pretend to be Jews

Set in New York City in 1979, Falsettos is the musical that begins with the number “Four Jews in a Room Bitching”: “Marvin, his ten-year-old son Jason, his psychiatrist Mendel, … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2019 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News | Comment


Transfer Balls: Mustafi is ready to leave Arsenal

Vilifying one footballer for a team’s poor performances is brutal. And Shkodran Mustafi hasn’t been all bad for Arsenal. Or maybe the take away from the The Sun’s Top Trumps-style compare … (read more)

Posted: 24th, August 2019 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment


Aggressive spiders will conquer the world

Things climate change is responsible for: angrier spiders. The Sun says this “maybe” true. As for labelling spiders angry in the fist place, well, who knew?

The paper picks up on … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, August 2019 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Boris Johnson : the 30-day spin

When Boris Johnson met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the outcome was, depending on your spin, a pledge to do a Brexit deal in 30 days or a threat to end … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, August 2019 | In: News, Politicians, Tabloids | Comment


The Making of a Steinway Piano – A Steinway & Sons Factory Tour Narrated by John Steinway

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Posted: 21st, August 2019 | In: The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment


Jeffrey Epstein: Prince Andrew and an obsession with holes

Jeffrey Epstein is the BBC’s “shamed financier Jeffrey Epstein”. But he wasn’t was he? We’ve no clue if Epstein felt shame for molesting underage girls. And we know that after … (read more)

Posted: 21st, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Tabloids | Comment


Prince Harry to be replaced by a tree

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Prince Harry, an occasional user of airline fuels in his efforts to save the planet from man-made global warming, could be replaced by a tree. No need … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2019 | In: News, Royal Family | Comment


Brexit: melting London saved by a new Berlin airlift

Can private jets save us from Brexit? “Operation Yellowhammer”, the super-secret, highly confidential document prepared by Her Majesty’s civil service that we’ve all seen in the Sunday Times outlines the … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2019 | In: News, Politicians | Comment


Transfer balls: Arsenal to flog Shkodran Mustafi to Roma for £23m and a year of relief

Arsenal are fighting to keep hold of their brilliant Germany international defender Shkodran Mustafi, 27. Roma want to take the brutally underpaid player (£90,000 a week) on a year-long loan … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2019 | In: Arsenal, Back pages, Sports | Comment


Jeffrey Epstein: Release the tabloid dogs lest Prince Andrew slip away

The better news for Prince Andrew is that the New of The World’s death came long before Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by committee in a New York jail. The convicted … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment


How to apologise for Brexit

Why are public figures so bad at apologising? Brexit is a mess. Are we leaving? Why can’t politicians just own up and say: we were utterly shocked by the … (read more)

Posted: 20th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comment


Cancel Culture is killing democracy

If you don’t like it, you don’t need to watch it. This idea of voting with your feet, or eyeballs, works well in a country like the UK, where there’s … (read more)

Posted: 19th, August 2019 | In: News | Comment


The Beatus Facundus: beautifying good and evil

We’ve not witnessed the end of the world. So the rich industry in predicting it continues. One day it really will be all over, the huge whimper triggering the race … (read more)

Posted: 19th, August 2019 | In: Books, Key Posts | Comment


Childhood is dead

On the beach in lovely Dorset, I saw a party of school children. They were all dressed in high-vis jackets. All the adults around them were early middle-aged women dressed … (read more)

Posted: 19th, August 2019 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment


$2.3 million worth of illegal marijuana pizza topping seized in California

Only the right kind of marijuana is legal in California. The wrong kind remains illegal – like the $2.3 million worth of marijuana seized in San Diego. US customs have … (read more)

Posted: 19th, August 2019 | In: News | Comment