Living Room

Everyday Life in the Peacock House
Children always know when company is in the living room. They can hear their mother laughing at their father’s jokes (Anon)

Rappers Changing Names – Wrong

Snoop Dogg Yo. Wha’s goin’ down? Am I alone in feeling discombobulated by Snoop Dog’s recent change of name to Snoop Lion? It’s simply wrong. Snoop Dogg has provenance and intertextuality (as Julia Kristeva might say) with Snoopy the Dog.…

Meerkat Miracle

Don’t you just love those newspaper stories about people finding the face of the Virgin Mary in a slice of toast, or Jesus on a crumpet? Well, I now have my own version. Boll and I recently had natural (aka…

Dilemma du Jour – Monsters – Scylla Or Charybdis?

Scylla Scylla is a six-headed sea monster with four eyes, six heads, three rows of sharp teeth per mouth, six additional dog-heads, twelve tentacles and a cat’s tail. In the 1980s, it presented a popular TV programme called Blind Date.…

Dilemma du Jour – The Devil Or The Deep Blue Sea?

This is a difficult one. It clearly depends on the nature of the devil and the sea in question. If the devil were as cute as this cat, for instance, I’d chose the devil. But I’d chose the sea if…

Dilemma du Jour – Milk – Before Or After Tea?

In the olden days of yore and yesteryear, pouring the tea in first was considered posher. It demonstrated that you had fine china which would neither crack nor stain when it came into direct contact with your boiling hot Assam.…

Dilemma du Jour – Toilet Paper – Over or Under?

Sadly, there are no references to this in the Bible or classical literature. Or Nancy Mitford. Or Emily Post. It was as late as 1989 when a Survey of American Habits (Sinrod and Poretz) asked this crucial question for the…

From Chunk to Hunk

My laptop’s gone berserk. At least the typing part of it. Basically, it keeps lifting bits of text and dropping them randomly in other places while I’m writing. I wrote an email today to warn a relatively important person that…