‘ave it!

Apologies for the antipodean language at the end.

As Corporal Jones used to say, “They don’t like it up ’em, Captain Mainwaring”

Tip of the batting helmet to Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley


Hoots mon!

From the BBC

Kilt wearers could face prosecution if they do not have a licence for their sporran under new legislation which has been introduced in Scotland.

So, the next time Scotland get into the cricket World Cup, there will be a few questions at Glasgow Airport:

“Do you have a licence for that sporran, sir?”


Latter-day Jacobins


This from Burke’s Reflections on The Revolution in France, 1791:

Judge, Sir, of my surprise, when I found that a very great proportion of the assembly (a majority, I believe, of the members who attended) was composed of practitioners in the law. It was composed, not of distinguished magistrates, who had given pledges to their country of their science, prudence, and integrity; not of leading advocates, the glory of the bar; not of renowned professors in univerSitieS-but for the far greater part, as it must in such a number, of the inferior, unlearned, mechanical, merely instrumental members of the profession. There were distinguished exceptions, but the general composition was of obscure provincial advocates, of stewards of petty local jurisdictions, country attorneys, notaries, and the whole train of the ministers of municipal litigation, the fomenters and conductors of the petty war of village vexation. From the moment I read the list, I saw distinctly, and very nearly as it has happened, all that was to follow.

 Eight members of Citizen Blair’s Cabinet are lawyers by training or profession.