Government

A railway line made of money

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Apparently this was in Private Eye: At first I thought this was just a good joke. But then I did some maths: £106bn/531km = app. £200 million per kilometre. (I also checked the length of HS2, and it is 531km.) £200 mill/1000 = £200 000 per metre. Divide by 100 and you get £2000 per […]

Culture

Comedy Unleashed review

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I travelled to London on Tuesday to visit Comedy Unleashed (at the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green), as my new mate Toby Young was performing. (This is going to be a name-dropping review, can’t really avoid that, so let’s get started with it.) Also, I’d been wanting to go for ages as it’s a […]

Humour

Don’t say the BBC isn’t for everyone

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BBC’s Pidgen English newspage is not supposed to be the sort of thing you laugh at, but it’s hard not to: After female sex robot ‘Harmony’ enter market last year, male sex robot deh laboratory and e go fit enter market later dis year.   Matt McMullen CEO, for Realbotix company weh e di make […]

Government

Bang bang, lie down, you’re dead

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This is actually a good idea: German soldiers used broomsticks painted black instead of guns during a joint Nato exercise last year due to severe equipment shortages, it has emerged.   The incident took place during exercises for Nato’s rapid response force, formed in reaction to the Ukraine crisis, which is supposed to be ready […]

Culture

From the department of ‘How dumb?’

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Woman complains about a dating agency. The complaint is reasonable. The naivety, however, is astounding: I spent £2,795 with a dating agency called Attractive Partners, which after five months has not found me any decent men.   I took the more expensive “headhunting” package because its excellent sales person told me there would be a […]

Humour

Rory Stewart emergency

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Rory Stewart is in my front room asking me questions in Arabic, and he won’t leave. Please send help. The children are terrified of him. Update: One thing I’ve discovered from our little chat is that Rory’s full name is Roderick James Nugent Stewart. That means that really we should be calling him Rod Stewart. […]