Blackheath Halls has the familiar feeling of the suburban village hall – cheap biscuits and mellow birds at the coffee morning, Cub Scouts on a Wednesday evening, the PTA do on a Saturday with the covers band that no longer plays Gary Glitter. Okay, it’s a little more...

Someone in the orifice has just mailed round some ‘Hilarious’ pictures of peoples pets wearing a variety of different outfits. They’re not hilarious at all. In fact, the idea of a Gerbil wearing a tuxedo is about as amusing as ‘The lads’ playing with...

What’s that Saddam Hussein trial all about? It’s only the end of the first day and it’s already clear that the whole affair is going to descend into shambles. I really can’t believe that it’s come this far anyway, this man simply isn’t worth the...

I’ve just been to the Cafe over the road for my lunchtime ration of soup and toast, as a man of routine I have the same every day and today it is Potato and Leek. There is a bloke in there who is eating a burger with a fork, not only that but he is holding the fork like one...

“Today, millions of Americans are saddened by the death of Terri Schiavo. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in favour of life.” – President...

On the way home from work last night there was a Scandinavian couple at Victoria, I helped her up the stairs with the pushchair and an Underground bloke helped him with the luggage. Helping tourists at Victoria is something that I do on a daily basis and a pattern has emerged. The...

This weekend provided yet another prime opportunity for the family Windsor to indulge in that time honoured royal tradition of dressing up. Getting decked out in whatever military uniform takes ones fancy for an appearance on the balcony, where an adoring public will clap like sheep...

I came to this book with ‘Arbeit macht frei’ ringing in my ears from a recent TV documentary, as it happens within a few pages the ironwork sign that is ‘Work makes freedom’ rears its ugly head with a morbid predictability. The unknown is probably the most...

This week Hurricane Katrina exposed the obvious shortfalls in American society, demonstrating in the most dramatic manner how rampant capitalism stumbles so easily into an apocalyptic despair, and how like anywhere else in the world it’s the poor that suffer most. I’m...

It may sound like a bold claim, but in a small way this book changed my life for the better. Over the last year or so I’ve been trying to implement as much standardised CSS and XHTML code into my web development work as possible. This has been an enjoyable and enlightening experience...