Saturday, June 25, 2016

After Ten Years of Blogging He Posts His First Cat Video


Okay … I give up.

I was going to get out the ol' handcart this morning and head for Hell, but as Hell is coming to us now I didn't bother. I'm just going to sit here all week and watch pretty young girls bouncing around at Wimbledon while the world burns outside my window.

Rather than rant and rage at the wilful ignorance of a smidgeon over half of this soon-to-be third world country, I've done the only thing that could possibly prevent me from heading out there with a bag of handguns and a nervous twitch …

Post a cat video.

The internet is after all made of cats.
This is Fern; one half of Charlie and Fern who supposedly live next door, but as Gerry's in Germany with Heddy at the moment they tend to spend a lot of time snuggled up on my sofa.

Fern (she's getting on for twenty now, dear thing) has the most peculiar purr. She also chirrups at things, though not on this video.

So … make a cuppa and take a break from the insanity with two-and-a-half minutes of a purring cat.
It's about the only thing that makes sense in this world.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Better Living Through Sleep-Shopping

It never ceases to amaze me what you can pick up for a pittance on the interweb.

Herbert Morrison's personal, signed, pre-publication copy of the Victor Gollancz
"A Handbook of Marxism"
which will have sat on his shelf all through the War and his time as Churchill's Minister of Supply, then through the glorious birth of the NHS and his Deputy Prime-Ministership.
Now it's MINE! Bwa-ha-haaa …

Nobody seems to want lefty history, so for as little as £1.99 a book I've amassed quite a little lefty library of signed firsts from the likes of Harold Wilson, Ralph Miliband, Tony Benn, Michael Foot, Dennis Skinner, Clement Attlee and more.
They're great reads, one and all.
Somebody has to believe in Socialism's beautiful dream so it might as well be me.

I got this one sleep-shopping.
We had a cracking thunderstorm a few nights back and I remember waking up around three and going for a glass of water. I must have grabbed my laptop on the way back to bed and shopped in my sleep (I'm prone to it) as I have no memory of ordering this.
The confirmation email the following morning was a delightful surprise.

So … Happy Old Dive. I heartily recommend sleep-shopping.
I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Gruesome … Ew. It's GrewSome More!

Apropos of nothing at all, I've been indulging in a particular passion of mine: the pre-1800 Annual Registers.
In the 1784 volume, after all the political and international events, state papers, book reviews, poetry and general goings-on, I came across this peculiarly gruesome article, which I lay before you for your curious pleasure (or to gross you out).

Doctor Martineau was uncle of the utterly splendid Harriet Martineau and I for one am glad that he felt the need to regale the world with his fat little lady and her 6,631 pints of water.

It is worth clicking on the photos to blow them up to readable size and then trying not to be put off your coffee.

Ew …

There are divers and numerous accounts of a peculiar nature in the Annual Registers - of which I own far too many/not nearly enough (delete where applicable, unless you're Mum who thinks I have enough books … HA).

Bodysnatchers, murder most horrid, guillotining Froggy toffs in the French Revolution, furious - and hugely entertaining - arguments with the uppity Colonials, leading to their independence, witches, madness and wildly inaccurate scientific speculation … and much more.

Look out for more of them in the coming months.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Record Store Day … Yay!

Today is Record Store Day. Get out and score some vinyl!


It's gonna be a cool, jazzy vinyl weekender.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Be Afraid …

They said it couldn't be done …
or more truthfully, it shouldn't be done.

At last, someone has weaponised chocolate.

We've had bacon chocolate on here before, and wasabi chocolate, but this knocks 'em into a cocked hat.
It's gorgeous! Just don't let me breathe near you.
And no, you can't have any; I've eaten it and now I want more!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Love In A Time Of Social Media

With thanks to the ever-perfect Tom Gauld.

Monday, January 04, 2016

I Feel Safer Already

 So anyhoo: getting back to our subject of a couple of posties ago, Santa brought me a lovely little first edition 1950 US Government handbook that could have come straight from the Fallout 4 game on my PS4. Gotta love the embossed mushroom cloud on the cover.

 "Oooh, looky!" Hey, folks, why don't we stand here and stare at the nuclear apocalypse for a while?

 "The sleep of reason breeds monsters" as they say. But if you survive the bomb you can breed some yourself. Just don't get jiggy for a couple of months after the radiation hits.
Don't worry … the highlighter is in Photoshop, NOT on the book! Yikes.

 "Hot damn! Nearly blew my hat off! Better dust myself off and walk away."

 Grease up your hair, guys, and get round that drawing board and design us an ingenious instrument. The text goes on to reveal that these ingenious instruments are not yet developed although military scientists - doubtless in short sleeves and slicked-back hair - are working hard to invent them. Reassuring …

 Whooee! Cheesecake! If those folk in Hiroshima and Nagasaki had only known … Get nekkid and bury your clothes. Actually, why not do it BEFORE a nuclear war? And ladies: remember to adopt the coy pose shown in the illustration and wear your best satin undies at all times.

Best of all, as water supplies are endless and will not be disrupted or contaminated by all-out nuclear devastation, get your nekkid selves in the bathroom and scrub-a-dub dub. Your house, of course, will still be in perfect working order, just like those in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

So to recap: let's get nekkid as the bombs go off around us is about the best advice the US Government had to give in 1950.
I cannot fault that advice and intend to follow it in the next Cold War (coming soon to a planet near you).

Sunday, January 03, 2016

The Second Coming … Er …

 And lo, it came to pass, that no sooner had Dawn left the room than Phil, Tom and Pete added some Force to her Nativity scene.
I rather like the expression on the cow's face.

Anyhoo … It's 2016; we've got a new year to play with so let's resolve to fuck it up spectacularly (a resolution that governments and religions will have no trouble keeping).

Friday, December 25, 2015

Remember to Pack Ice Skates and Excreta Receptacles

More festive Christmas reading from the declassifieds (this one takes a few seconds to download but it's worth it):

We're still back in 1959 and this time the USA is looking to counter those pesky Soviet Sputniks by … er … bombing the Earth from the Moon.

Yup. You heard. Bombing the Earth from the Moon. Doctor Evil, eat your heart out. You've got nothing on the real US military morons.

I particularly love this phrase from the Introduction:
"The employment of Moon-based weapons systems against Earth … may prove to be feasible and desirable."

As the document unfolds, sanity quietly sneaks out the back door and the logic of Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper and Colonel Bat Guano takes a firm grip as the finest minds in the US military attempt to justify claiming the Moon as their own by - among others - citing Amundsen planting a Norwegian flag at the South Pole, before simply stating: "The fact world (sic) of history knows only the success (their underlining) which turns the law of the stronger into the law of all."
Yeah, right … look where that's got you.

The sections on how to shit your pants if the Rooskies get there first are eye-watering. Now we know why Kennedy really made the "because it's hard" Moon landing speech.

The Project Horizon diagrams, however, are a hoot: ice skates and excreta receptacles ahoy! I would so love to have been one of the graphic artists on this project. The spacemen even have pointy antennæ!

Woot, woot, wibble and dribble. These guys still have nukes, people. Remember that and try getting to sleep tonight.

This has been a public service announcement from the giggling guy in the rubber room.