Welcome to Peacockshock - my house on the internet. I'm Ian Peacock.

I’m based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, but I’ve lived everywhere from London to Cambridge to Austria.

I’m mad about animals and have an adorable Jackapoo, Eddie, named after the dog in Frasier.

So don't dither on the doorstep. Have a wander round. You can either just scroll down this page, or you can mouse around the house and click on the rooms. Do keep coming back for new stuff. I update my witterings regularly

Enjoy your stay.


All Greeks are Ancient

As you know, I recently became obsessed with people called Jesus, God, Lucifer etc Here in England, where understatement is everything, we tend to avoid epic names. You don’t tend to bump into many Beowulfs or Boudicas, unless you live…

Why are there no dogs called Snoopy?

I recently asked this online. My friend Craig replied: Same reason as so few people are called God, Poseidon, Zeus, Apollo, Demeter etc. Snoopy is the God of dogs. True, unless you’re polytheistic on the God of dogs question. You’d…

Is a palaver worse than a kerfuffle?

This was today’s question over lunch in the Peacock household. We decided that a palaver was marginally worse than a kerfuffle but weren’t sure why. The whole thing frankly caused a right how do you do (probably slightly worse than…

Emotional Support Peacock

I’ve decided to become an Emotional Support Peacock.

This is because (1) I’m a Peacock (2) I have a passport (3) I like flying (4) I can occasionally be emotionally supportive when I’m not in a fowl mood and (5) I rarely squawk or peck strangers on planes.

Emotional Support Animals really are a thing for anxious flyers. In the USA (where else?) you can legally board a flight with one, as long as it’s on the approved list, you have written permission from a mental health professional and evidence that the animal is ‘trained to behave properly in a public setting’.

But, inexplicably, peacocks are banned. A nervous New Yorker was recently cruelly denied the right to board a United Airlines plane from Newark to LA with an emotionally supportive peafowl in the next seat.

Odd. I’ve flown from Newark to LA several times and never been apprehended.

United’s brazenly peacockist stance is no doubt a response to a boom in requests for Emotional Support Pets. They’ve risen by 75% to 76,000 in a year. Meanwhile, Delta Airlines have reported an 84% increase in onboard pet ‘incidents’.

So peacocks are banned, along with hedgehogs, ferrets, rodents, non-household birds and so on.

But it appears that elks, wildebeests, porcupines, giraffes, sheep, gibbons, shrimps, marmosets, barnacles etc have slipped through the net. It makes no sense whatsoever.

That’s why I’m offering my services. Club or Business Class obviously. And only to glamorous locations. With complimentary Champagne.

Emotional Support Pets


Introducing Scruffy the Blackbird

Scruffy lives in my parents’ garden. What’s going on with the feathers? Moulting? Using too much hair gel? Going for a distressed, post-punk look? Just a bit eccentric? Calling all ornithologists, birdwatchers, twitchers, birders, blackbirds, hairdressers …..  

Adjective Apocalypse continued

As soon as I fulminated on Peacockshock about foppish copywriters using adjectives as nouns, I was targeted by malicious leaflet distributors who’d clearly read my blog and knew where I lived. The first offender was a flyer from Pure Gym inviting…