The Plastic Hippo

November 13, 2015

He`s got a little list

Filed under: Music,Politics,Rights,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Via PA

Via PA

As some day it may happen that a victim must be found, I`ve got a little list – I`ve got a little list of society offenders who might well be underground, and who never would be missed – who never would be missed.

After what seems an age of interminable waffle and prevarication, Cameron has at last produced his little list of “reforms” to the European Union that are required if the United Kingdom if to remain a member of the largest trading market on the planet. Oh I wish he would desist – I wish he would desist. (more…)

November 9, 2015

Bad company

Filed under: History,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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I know that my disgraceful behaviour and offensive lack of respect has caused incalculable distress and justifiable outrage. I have brought shame upon my family; I have let myself down and I have let the nation down. No possible apology is even remotely acceptable and I can only throw myself at the mercy of my betters in the vain hope of forgiveness. There are no excuses or vacuous invented justifications; I did what I did and I`m very, very sorry. (more…)

November 7, 2015

In Sharms way

Filed under: History,Politics,Society,Transport,World — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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As David Cameron repeatedly reminds us, the first duty of a British Prime Minister is to protect the safety and security of British citizens at home and abroad. However, his courageous decision to ground all flights to and from a holiday resort on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula is not the tactical triumph of TE Lawrence taking Aqaba from the desert hinterland.

Obviously a lot has changed in 102 years and Lawrence was considered insane to cross the Jordanian Nefud desert allied to the Arab Revolt in order to oust the Ottoman Empire defenders from the strategically significant port. Quite why Cameron wanted to shut down Sharm el-Sheikh airport is anyone`s guess. (more…)

November 4, 2015

V for values

Filed under: History,Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Apparently from the BBC

Apparently from the BBC

There has been a lot of talk about British values of late with some far from noble politicians suggesting that tolerance and decency are somehow exclusively British attributes. For the most part, the British people have always been fairly tolerant and generally decent and over the years have managed to put up with some dreadful monarchs and some dreadful governments.

Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans came, saw, conquered and some stayed and others went. Having integrated and accepted the craic, the status quo, the zeitgeist and the smorgasbord of denouement, Britons went on to rule the waves enabling the nation to see off the Armada, the Luftwaffe, Communist hoards and General Galtieri. (more…)

November 1, 2015


Filed under: Sport — theplastichippo @ 10:00 pm
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Image via EPA

Image via EPA

There are a lot of things in Rugby Union that can make you cry. Defeat perhaps and certainly the pain of being flattened by eight or nine huge blokes reeking of testosterone and bitter at being rejected as extras in a Lord of the Rings film because they were considered to be too ugly as Orcs are only two such reasons. Mercifully, my Saturday afternoons of violence masquerading as sport and Saturday nights explaining bite marks, lacerations to the back and the thighs and the odd facial stud impression to a sceptical partner belong to the days when James Callaghan was Prime Minister. In these more sedentary times, Rugby Union is definitely a game to be watched rather than played. (more…)

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