Monthly Archives: February 2011

Maneuver

Why? Why? Why do Americans insist on this preposterous spelling? It’s perverse. It looks silly. It’s so, so wrong. The word is manouevre. End of.

Hammering Home Who’s Top Cat

I put some cute pet photos up today and started with one of Bolly, which I placed above my old Drapentier Prospect of Hertford. Then I decided to move on to the rabbits. But could I find the hammer for…

A Tall Story – The Anatomist John Hunter

Portrait of John Hunter by his neighbour Joshua Reynolds My next Radio 4 programme A Tall Story is going out on Monday 28 February at 8pm. It’s about a 21st century giant from Ireland and his connection with a famous…

Six Degrees

The sister of the producer of my next Radio 4 programme is the producer of Gok Wan.

Prince William’s A Lizard

Prince William, off duty I accidentally strayed onto David Icke’s website earlier and was alarmed to discover so many people are turning into reptiles these days. It can’t be easy. Apparently, it’s because we’re all the result of a breeding…

Six Degrees

My friend V used to work on Beaumont Street in Oxford, very near to where Thom Yorke lives. I also once sighted him myself, on a bus from Headington into Oxford. And my friend C lives in Abingdon, where Radiohead…

Bollalike in Downing Street

Larry (left) imitates the trademark style of Bolly (right) Boll has an impersonator. Lookalike Larry, 4, is the new Downing Street cat. He arrived today from Battersea, having been homeless on the streets of London. We wish him well in…

Bugle Boy Is A Brand Of Pants

I’ve just realised my BlackBerry has Google voice recognition for web browsing, so I tried it out this morning. The first thing I said was ‘voice recognition’, which produced ‘Bugle Boy is a brand of pants’. Must learn to speak…

Off Her Trolley With A Brolly

There was an old lady in Waitrose today, shopping with her umbrella up. It was raining outside but not inside. The umbrella was quite large. She seemed 100% sane. I think she’d just forgotten it was there. How eccentric, I…