Piety, you just couldn-t resist that slot on last nights 10 O’clock news could you? A prime opportunity for some of that anal seepage style smug sincerity that has won you two elections and probably the next. The scripted rhetoric must have taken the duty spinmiester all of...

Today saw the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. Lets think about what that means, the sheer scale that is six million people, the death, the terror, the hate. For all the wrong reasons the Holocaust is without doubt the most significant event...

We spent last week skiing in both sunshine and snow in the fantastic Alpine resort of Soll, in Austria. Although Mandy and myself travelled alone we met Stuart, Mark and Sarah on the first night at what the Airtours reps described as, “A world famous Bar for complete nutters!”. Exactly,...

Let’s get this straight: Mark Thatcher has admitted bankrolling mercenaries involved with a plot to overthrow the government in Equatorial Guinea – but thought the money was going to be used to buy an air ambulance. Funnily enough, I don’t believe him. Anyone who...

I was watching the news last night and was particularly interested in the story about the flooding in Cumbria. Within seconds of the footage starting I’m in a seething rage as I spot some smartarse in a canoe. There’s always one isn’t there? He’s probably...

I’ve seen two great films this weekend. The first was Fargo by the Cohen brothers, a wicked black comedy superbly shot in Minnesota during the freezing winter. It’s stars Steve Buscemi, a superb actor with a great, and fantastically British set of teeth. Best scene:...

Cans of lager (550 ml) are like some sort of canister that fits into a machine or weapon. Replenishment for a photocopier for example, or even a handy unit of fuel that a gas burner screws into. They stack neatly in the fridge and keep for years, they can be consumed easily on all...

My brother Chris Emailed this to me this morning: Stories about mobiles that make me laugh. Following a flight, everyone turns their phones back on whilst on the shuttle bus to the terminal. Then we have a chorus of text messages arriving “beep-beep!””be””beep-beep!””beep-beep!”. Then...

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of a period of collective thought, a moment to reflect on recent catastrophic events, It’s just that the whole three minutes silence thing is a bit too arbitrary. For instance, we had a silence after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but...

I’ve only really thought about Brussels as the much hated thorn in the side of the tabloid press. A perfect reason to visit the city for New Year. First and foremost there’s Eurostar, the king of trains that teases commuters in south London every morning of the week....