Archive | October 2015

Great American Traditions – Why British Traditions May Be Older But Not Necessarily Better

British Halloween Celebrations Tend To Be Basic At Best

Americans claim to have invented Halloween, and let’s face it, they did. In Britain we have celebrated it for much longer, but in rather a rubbish fashion it has to be admitted. It’s actually an old Pagan festival called Samhain. And like all Pagan festivals, it was long ago hijacked by the Catholic Church. Hence the name Halloween. Short for “All Hallows Eve”, the day before All Saints’ Day Read More…

Time Travel Unravelled – Why Time Travellers Are Walking Among Us And How To Spot Them

Stephen Hawking once asked the question: “If time travel is possible, where are the time travellers? Why haven’t we met any of them?” He even threw a party for the time travellers back in 2009. He didn’t send out the invites until after the party was over, in order to avoid the inevitable members of the “tinfoil hat” brigade turning up and pretending they were from the future. Or more like actually believing they were from the future. Read More…

Second To None – Why Catholics Only Have Two Emotions And It’s Often Better Not To Remember Who Came First

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There were many gasp worthy events in the year 1981. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was assassinated. Ronald Reagan was assassinated. Well, sadly he wasn’t, but someone did shoot him. And someone tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II. That attempt was also unsuccessful. As someone whose life has been blighted by Catholicism, my feelings on that are mixed. A mix of guilt and shame. Though the fact that guilt and shame are the average Catholic’s emotional reactions to virtually everything makes it difficult to read anything into that. Read More…

The Crock Of Shit At The End Of The Rainbow – Why Pensions Aren’t As Sensible As They Seem And What Alternatives You Can Provide For Yourself

Hi. I'm Brett Riverboat. Your Personal Financial Advisor.

Hi. I’m Brett Riverboat. Your Personal Financial Advisor.

 Twenty five years old. That’s the age when the hum drum realities of life start to tap you on the shoulder. If you don’t turn around to face them, they get you in a neck lock and wrestle you to the ground and then you’re screwed. Read More…

Enter The Braggin’ – At Last, A Definitive Answer To The Question “Which Is The Best Martial Art?”

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 If you took a roomful of very religious people of all denominations and posed the following question “Which is the One True God?” the ensuing debate would probably be quite lively. If you let the debate go on for long enough, there’d probably be a fistfight. Even the Buddhists’ knuckles would start itching eventually. Read More…

Reservoir Pigs – Some Final Thoughts On The Pig Gate Scandal

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Last week, I wrote a post on the subject of the Pig Gate Scandal. “The Ballad Of Pigfucker Dave”. In this post, I moaned about the fact that David Cameron was now going to be remembered as “Pigfucker Dave”, rather than for all the horrible government policies he has presided over. Read More…

Rapa Nui – Global Warming And The Stone Head Of Dr Who

Every Dr Who fan has a favourite Doctor. For most, it’s the one from their childhood. The first Doctor I watched as a nipper was the anarcho-dandy one played by John Pertwee. He could kick pretty much anyone’s arse with his knowledge of Venusian Aikido. Read More…