Context & Abstractions

Of all the ills that human hearts endure,
How small that part which laws may cause or cure.

The above introduces T.E. Utley’s 1968 essay ‘What laws may cure’, writing: ‘Those lines, widely and falsely attributed to Samuel Johnson and in fact written by Oliver Goldsmith‘, which I’m sure was an apodictic addition. In 1968 he would have relied on hard copy references to validate the source of his quote. Even so, both hard copy and the global resources of internet now available, can make any research a circuitous task. At best, the originator of a quote may be found but this does not necessarily validate its source, as may be the case with Johnson and Goldsmith. Read more of this post

A Private trip to a limerick

Very occasional I buy a copy of Private Eye, more often than not attracted by an amusing front cover, perhaps I should subscribe to it. Ahem; The Telegraph might force me to subscribe to it if it made membership of its Blog Site conditional on doing so. (PS: TT – don’t ask questions you won’t like the answer to). Read more of this post

What laws may cure


Of all the ills that human hearts endure,

How small that part which laws may cause or cure.

Those lines, widely and falsely attributed to Samuel Johnson and in fact written by Oliver Goldsmith, used to represent one of the most important ingredients in Tory thinking. Today, most Tories would feel inclined to qualify them. Laws may be capable of doing little good, but we have learnt that they are powerful engines of evil, of consequences which their authors never intended or foresaw but which press hardly and deeply into the lives of ordinary people. Read more of this post

A passport and a prerogative to boot.

There is no entitlement to a passport, they are issued by a Minister’s exercise of the Royal prerogative¹ and exercising this Royal prerogative also means that a passport can be withdrawn. There is no statute law governing the grant or refusal of British passports. A Government Minister exercising the Royal prerogative² may assume that Rex non potest peccare (the King can do no wrong), yet controversy surrounding the ministerial use of the Royal prerogative continues unabated. Read more of this post

Everything in moderation.

On a recent mytelegraph post I called Charles II “a nasty vindictive bastard”, adding “not literally of course but who knows”. Perhaps I should have said “a nasty vindictive bastard of a monarch’, without questioning (facetiously or not) his legitimacy. My remark was made as an allusion, by way of a reply. It would seem that the term ‘bastard’ is deemed to be offensive and subject to moderation by way of being deleted. I can see how this might be, although there are those in Australia who would disagree on this. Read more of this post

A Literary Trip

A recent post on the mytelegraph web site introduced me to the book Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. I had heard of the book but hadn’t read it or any other works by this authoress. Intrigued by ‘Aunt Ada Doom’s glimpse of “something nasty in the woodshed” that left her traumatized and confined to her room for decades, utterly dependent upon the Starkadders’, I went in search of the book and came across a review by ‘Anna’ on things mean a lot – a reading journal Read more of this post

The Body

‘What do you mean you can’t send the biometrics’?

‘Because there aren’t any sarge, there’s no response from the body’.

‘Check again’!

Irritated, Sami wondered how Qasi managed to make sergeant and how much they actually knew. Apart from monitoring her biometrics was it possible they knew what she was thinking? Now there’s a scary thought. Read more of this post

Amongst the Angst!

For though my general knowledge, which is more than rudimentary,
Has been somewhat restricted by the failings of my memory,
I still may have a life that’s existential and ephemeral
I am the very model of a blogger very general.

I think that the world wide web is wonderful and while care is needed amongst the angst of knitting a path through this knowledge Knossian, its cornucopian content more than compensates for this. Nevertheless, any search that I may make on the web is hindered by my propensity to be ‘easily distracted’ which, in turn, is further compounded by failings of my immediate short term memory. Read more of this post

The pound in your pocket.

We all have a notional idea of what money is, ideas that may not extend beyond its existence as the pound in our pocket. We certainly understand the purchasing power of any monies we may have. It would seem that any notion of money only becomes complicated when we talk to economists; who are clearly divided in their views of what money is and what form it should take. An economist would want to us to be more precise about our idea of what money is. Read more of this post

Fish Royal

Pudding Magna; located on Pudding Bay in the county of Dorset, and inhabited by lowly fisher-folk of modest means, is not referred to in any works by Mr. Thomas Hardy. Its obscurity assured had not Sir Ethelred  Rutt K.C. acted on behalf of Pudding Magna’s loyal subjects in a case against The Crown, when, on June 21st 1924, a dead whale was washed up on the shore of Pudding Bay. Being a Fish Royal and belonging to The Crown, Pudding Magna’s loyal subjects extracted the whalebone, the blubber and other valuable and perishable portions from the carcass of the whale, to hold in trust for The Crown. Read more of this post

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