The Plastic Hippo

July 30, 2015

A leaping Lord

Filed under: Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 1:00 am
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Sewel

The most shocking aspect of the allegedly outrageous behaviour of my noble Lord Sewel is that some people are actually shocked that a peer of the realm could conduct himself in such a shocking fashion. Such behaviour comes, as they say, with the territory and the poor man has merely suffered ignominy because he was stupid enough to fall for the entrapment set up by the vilest “newspaper” on the planet. It is difficult to decide who to despise most. (more…)

July 20, 2015

Chinese curse

Filed under: History,Politics,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 1:00 am
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confucius

According to common western perception, Confucius said a great many things. He did not, however, ever say that we are cursed to live in interesting times. This ironic aphorism is not an ancient Chinese curse uttered by the inscrutable philosopher but is a more modern and more western invention cooked up by the British ambassador to China in the uncertain 1930`s. With the Chinese stock market in apparent free fall, the current British ambassador might well be issuing dispatches describing a communist experiment with capitalism as “interesting”. (more…)

July 13, 2015

Absinthe drinkers

Via Edgar Degas 1834 - 1917

Via Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917

The thousand yard stare usually associated with unfortunate souls enslaved by addiction and substance abuse would appear to be increasingly evident on the benches of the House of Commons. Instead of derelicts and drunks, the people staring blankly into the middle distance belong to what was once known as Her Majesty`s Most Loyal Opposition. Addicted to unobtainable power, their behaviour has gone from erratic to unpleasantly anti-social.

The parliamentary Labour Party seem incapable of learning from past mistakes. The interminable process to elect a new leader is still set to rumble on for months exposing further internal divisions, acrimony and nastiness. (more…)

June 23, 2015

It`s called a bobble, Jonathan

Filed under: Media,Society,Sport,World — theplastichippo @ 4:10 am
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England victory via Getty Images

England victory via Getty Images

There comes a time even in the most secure of marriages, when a husband is caught bang to rights indulging in a furtive guilty pleasure. Thus, with more shame than apology, I found myself confessing that I was staying up into the early hours of the morning hunched over a computer watching groups of young, fit women throwing themselves into intense physical activity. Before attracting the attention of divorce lawyers or finding my few meagre possessions flung into the front garden, I should point out that I have become addicted to the football being played at the Women`s World Cup currently taking place in Canada. (more…)

June 15, 2015

Hostile take over

Filed under: Society,Transport — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Copyright Richard Wintle

Copyright Richard Wintle

Driving a motor vehicle a long distance between two different centres of population along a busy trunk road or motorway is not that difficult. There are, however, choices to consider and a myriad of decisions to be made on every mile of the journey. Obviously the main consideration is to arrive safely but this tends to be overshadowed by the desire to arrive safely in the shortest possible time regardless of the possibility of being burnt to death in a charred heap of crumpled metal.

So, on a long drive back from the coast after a rather splendid weekend away, uppermost in my mind was the speed at which I should approach some unforeseen bottleneck in the accompanying traffic. The trunk road in question is mostly dual carriageway but occasionally narrows to a single lane for a mile or two which will, no doubt, be improved once the Highways Agency secure the time, money and planning permission to make our journeys faster. (more…)

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