Category: Humour

LIST OF THE LOST by Morrissey (Penguin Books, 2015)

“If you must write prose and poems, the words you use must be your own. Don’t plagiarise or take on loan” – lyrics from Cemetry Gates by The Smiths.

The kindest thing you can say about Stephen Patrick Morrissey’s first, and surely last, published work of fiction is that he follows his own advice and writes in his own words.

Some lines would even make admirable song lyrics :
“Accept the enslavement of my undying love,
Or bear my unpleasant cruelty,
For dearly I love you,
More than any other could”

Unfortunately, this is not a record but a novella and the results are positively dire. Continue reading


I like this cartoon by American artist Natalie Nourigat


THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT directed by Alexander Mackendrick (UK, 1951)

Joining forces for the common good - Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood.

Joining forces for the common good – Alec Guinness and Joan Greenwood.

Built-in obsolescence has become so much the norm these days that most of us take it for granted.

Part of this is due to the rapidity of technological advances but as devices get increasingly smaller, lighter and thinner, it often gets to the point when  these ‘improvements’ become simply ways to induce the public to buy the same product over and over again.

It also seems self-evident that it is not in the manufacturer’s interest to produce a perfect product that will last a lifetime.

This is the premise for ‘The Man In The White Suit’ in which Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) is a brilliant research chemist in a textiles factory who invents a material that never gets dirty and never wears out. Continue reading

"Put me on a pedestal, I'll only disappoint you" - Courtney Barnett may look cute but .......

“Put me on a pedestal, I’ll only disappoint you” – Aussie, Courtney Barnett may look cute but …….

Courtney Barnett’s ‘Pedestrian At Best’ might just might be my song of the year.

It’s certainly one of the most savagely funny.

Watch the video and check out these lyrics and I dare you to disagree: Continue reading


Any blogger (and cat!) will relate to the funny cartoon strip courtesy of The Oatmeal in which an increasingly desperate feline seeks ever more elaborate strategies to attract the attention of the internet addict.  This is my favorite panel:



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