Monthly Archives: April 2006

JK Galbraith

The liberal American economist Professor JK Galbraith has died aged 97. He advised many US presidents, including Kennedy, and coined the term ‘affluent society’. I was lucky enough to be invited to a garden party at his house in Cambridge…

Pin-Up Of The Week

As you know, Peacockshock features a weekly pin-up animal. This week’s pin-up is the Prescott – an unsightly and sometimes violent parasite which cohabits with a creature called the ‘Blair’ and feeds on plankton known as ‘tax payers.’ Related creatures…

Mr Sock And Mrs Pullets

I recieved spams this morning from Melody Wiltsy, Bicycle Beloved, Novelty Pullets and Microscopy Sock. I wish them well.

Basset Asset

I did some gardening yesterday assisted by Baby Basset who helped by carrying an old gardening glove around and digging random holes.

Ipswich Hobbit Trees

Ipswich Tree (left) and Lord Of The Rings Tree (right) I was recently strolling through Christchurch Park in Ipswich (very nice – big manor house with pleasing grounds) and noticed some spooky wizened trees which bore an uncanny resemblance to…

One of the Ipswich trees

Orlando Bloom reclining in an elf-like fashion, against a Lord of the Rings tree

Thistle Hotel

I was in Birmingham last week. I stayed in a Thistle and emerged feeling like I’d sat on one. When I arrived, having requested a non-smoking room, they sent me to a smoking one which had seen better days and…