The Anonymous Widower

Wedding of the Century Ends in Jail

Kirsty Lane wanted an amazing wedding.  So she nicked £200,000 to pay for it.  It’s all here in the Mail.

She’ll have 0f plenty of time to mull it all over in jail.  Jail might also help her to lose a bit of weight!

June 20, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

One of the Worst Days of my Life?

Today, my youngest son, George, would have been forty, which we always think is an important milestone in a person’s life. We tried to arrange a party or even a drink, but gradually everyone has cried off, so I shall celebrate this all by myself. I understand more and more the fortitude with which Aung San Suu Kyi endured her isolation. All of those birthdays and important milestones, that I’ve missed. And I will miss in the future.

But hey, at least I’m still here, despite the efforts of the Devil.

Luckily, by chance, I was given an overdose of survival gene at conception and that keeps pulling me through.

All I can say, to others now, is make sure your children don’t ever start smoking. George’s smoking probably led to his pancreatic cancer, especially if he was an undiagnosed coeliac and thus had a compromised immune system because of his gluten-rich junk food diet.


June 20, 2012 Posted by | Food, Health, World | , , | 4 Comments

Aung San Suu Kyi and the DJ

Years ago, I can remember Dave Lee Travis on Radio 1 on Sunday mornings, whilst I was writing Artemis. I suspect as a young mother in Oxford, Ms Suu Kyi was listening to the same program.

Aung San Suu Kyi then went back to Burma to care for her dying mother and for twenty four years she couldn’t return to the UK, as she feared any return to her family would mean the Generals wouldn’t let go back to Burma.  She couldn’t even return for the death of her husband, Michael Aris.

But during those years of isolation in Burma, she did at least have the BBC World Service, which kept her in touch and she listened to the shows of Dave Lee Travis, who briefly met her yesterday.

In some ways I can understand her isolation, although I’ve never suffered like she has.  When I had my stroke in Hong Kong, there was only CNN, that I could understand on the television. But at least, I could get BBC Radio 5 at most times through the Internet. Never has a broadcasting channel been so important to my sanity.

Today, Aung San Suu Kyi is praised in the first leader of The Times. The last sentence is something we should all remember.

She not only represents a better future for Burma, but testifies to the resilience of the human spirit in extreme adversity.

I very much agree with that. She has also been an extreme example to me, as to how to cope with the worst that life can throw at you. But then I’m not alone and thousands of miles from my friends and family.


June 20, 2012 Posted by | Health, World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What’s Wrong With Society

Helen Wright, headmistress  of an independent girls’ boarding school in Wiltshire has her view on this and says it is all summed up by covergirls in underwear.

Her views are published in full in this report in the Daily Mail. Here’s an extract.

Kim Kardashian is the poster girl for ‘almost everything that is wrong with Western society’, according to a leading headmistress.

The reality TV star is part of a culture  that glorifies women’s physical appearances over their character, claims Dr Helen Wright, head of a private girls’ boarding school.

In a speech tomorrow, Dr Wright will show Miss Kardashian posing in her underwear on the cover of men’s magazine Zoo.

The headline, from an edition last month, praises Miss Kardashian as ‘the hottest woman in the world’.

‘It is not too strong a statement, I venture to suggest, to say that almost everything that is wrong with Western society today can be summed up in that one symbolic photo of Miss Kim Kardashian on the front of Zoo magazine,’ Dr Wright will say.

‘The descent of Western civilisation  can practically be read into every curve, of which, you will note, there are in-deed many.

In the 1960s, girls like Miss Kardashian, were generally labelled by that wonderfully complimentary term, scrubbers.

But then it has always been thus.  At present, I’m watching Royal Ascot and a Royal historian has said that it was the place where George IV went to show off his mistresses.

There has always been a class of woman, who felt the quickest way to the top, was lying on their back, with their legs in the air and their knickers, if any, around their ankles.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

What Do You Call a Second Hand Horse?

Riding horses and ponies are probably unique amongst common animals in that they are sold from one owner to another for the same purpose.  After all you generally don’t sell your dog or cat to anybody else, unless it’s a puppy or kitten, you’ve bred.

You get some horses and especially ponies, that have passed from family to family upwards of ten or a dozen times.

I was looking for some more information on coloured horses for the previous post using Google and after typing coloured horses, Google gave a few suggestions.  One was “coloured horses for sale pre-loved”. I suppose it’s an equivalent to pre-owned for cars.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment

A Coloured Horse in the Royal Procession

The Royal Procession at Royal Ascot is always accompanied by police outriders.  Some might be passing derogatory comments as one of these horses appeared to be coloured and some but only a few these days, look down on a skewbald or a piebald horse. But police forces in the UK, have had the odd coloured horse for some years now.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , , | 1 Comment

They’ve Now Occupied the Park

As I took the bus yesterday to Moorgate, I noticed a lot of tents in Shoreditch Park.

The Occupy Movement in Shoreditch Park

It would appear that the Occupy idiots have decided to ruin someone else’s environment.  There’s a report here. Note the commenyts of locals in the report.

Later the bus passed their former site in Finsbury Square.

FInsbury Square After Occupy

So it’s probably been cleaned before they left, but this time last year, it was grass and flower beds.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

A Sandwich Board in Islington

This guy was selling pensions in Islington yesterday.

I admire his methods, but I wouldn’t be sure about his products.

But saying that, trying to sell pensions to most people is very difficult.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | Finance | | Leave a comment

Did You See That One Sepp?

I would suspect that Sepp Blatter may have seen the Ukrainian ghost goal last night for two reasons.

Firstly, even it had been scored,  it wouldn’t have changed who went through to the next round.

But of course, he did see it, as it was against England, his bete-noir, who are always complaining about the suspender-loving Swiss idiot.

To be charitable to the England players and officials, they have not denied it was a goal. After all, we have a lot to gain from the Hawk Eye technology to check these problems. as it is developed by a company, based in Winchester. But after seeing Sepp’s judgements on this matter over the last few years, I suspect he’ll give his seal of approval to anybody but this company. Although it is rumoured that the company are working on a system especially for Sepp, that detects if women are wearing Stockings.

But what was the extra linesman doing on the goal-line? Answers on the back of a postage stamp please. He certainly wasn’t looking.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And Now It’s Super Obesity!

The BBC has two health stories today.  One is about the fact that the NHS is in crisis and the other about super-obesity.

Are they by any chance related?

I recently had a visit to a hospital, where under pressure of clinic space, we had the consultation in a consulting room fitted out for the super obese.

It was extremely threatening.  I was sitting in a chair, where three of me could have sat and the couch was like the bench, you’d get in a garage, where heavy trucks would be serviced.

I was surprised that the BBC didn’t put a warning before the obesity report, like they do for flash photography.

Jenny Hill has just said obesity will cost up £60billion a year in a few years. I hope that figure is wrong, as the total NHS budget for 2011-2012 is £120billion a year.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | Health, News | | Leave a comment