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)

Corgi Buries Royals on Beach

Loving this newly-released pic of Prince Charles and Princess Anne (and an anonymous, slightly sinister corgi) on holiday in Norfolk.

That’ll Be Nice For You

For various reasons, I have to go to Wales and Ireland at the weekend. ‘That’ll be nice for you,’ said a neighbour. ‘A nice break.’ Why? Why? Why do people say that??? Wherever I go, for whatever reason, people tell…

In Search of Originality

‘There is nothing new under the sun’ wrote Mr Ecclesiastes. Voltaire claimed ‘originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism’. And, according to HL Mencken, ‘A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.’…

The BBC Ate My Homework

Thanks for the emails asking why I’ve not been Peacockshocking very much over the last few weeks. Well – it’s because I’ve been making a BBC programme about originality (going out in April) and running the BBC’s new Advanced Features/Documentaries…

The Top Five Regrets of The Dying

Interesting. A former nurse who cared for terminally ill people has revealed their five most common regrets in a new book. Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care in Australia, looking after patients in the last few weeks of their lives.…

The Peacock Has Landed

Hi. Bolly and I are back after five weeks up north with the parents (grandparents in Boll’s case). December started off with quite a kerfuffle. Dad had an accident, then Mum had a stroke. But they’re now on the mend…

Mrs Meatloaf

Elderly Relative on hearing Meatloaf on the radio – What on earth is that? Me – It’s Meatloaf. Elderly Relative – Who’s she?

Valentino Peacock

‘You’re lucky they didn’t call you Valentino,’ said the man at the bank. I chortled politely, concealing my bewilderment and discombobulation. And then I twigged. He’d just looked at my date of birth and had it down as 14/02. ‘Have…


Apologies for Bollinger’s appalling grammar and spelling. I’m sacking the governess. Ian