Random Thoughts


No, honestly, Morrisons, they are still Brussels Sprouts even though the UK is leaving the EU and when we leave the UK London Pride will still be called London Pride, because that’s its name. Do go all Freedom Fries on us.


Mr Johnson and his girlfriend will be spending their Christmas and New Year break on the Caribbean island of Mustique, once frequented by the royal lazy tosser of all royal lazy tosser, princess (hic) Margaret.

Princess Margaret, centre, and her friends Lady Ann Tennant and Colin Tennant on Mustique
Princess Margaret on royal duties on Mustique… erm, sort of.

“Sticking it to the elite,” one comment on Twitter read. “Our #PeoplesGovernment #PM will spend New Year with the masses in Mustique.”

I suspect that many of his new-found blue-collar Tories will be shrugging their shoulders and humbly saying that…” ‘ow as he’s a toff an’ all, gov, it’s his rightful due”.

I’m sure all those English people flooded out of their homes won’t mind one bit that he, with several homes provided at our expense, is off to luxurious sunshine.

After all, next year all the factory workers in the North-East can spend their redundancy money doing the same thing. What jolly hockey sticks!


And here’s a thing: All those flooded workers from ‘oop North’ can take comfort and calm themselves down by reciting the Illiad, in Ancient Greek… ‘μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆο οὐλομένην.’ It works for the prime minister, why not for them?


At least he’s not driving…

I’m sure that you will all be hugely relieved to know that Prince Philip will be with the Queen at Sandringham for Christmas.

Recently, many of the lower end newspapers were praising HM for staying in London to run the country (yes, the Sun actually said that) while her ailing 98-year-old husband was in Norfolk resting.

That notion was kinda bashed on the head when a few days ago Liz took off for Sandringham… on the very day that Phil was brought to hospital in London (because presumably, hospitals in Norfolk are just not up to royal standards).

So it seems that it was less a matter of her selflessly staying in London and more a case of her doing her damnedest to avoid the old goat…althjough I can’t say I blame her.



27 thoughts on “Random Thoughts”

    1. I’m not sure what that flag is… I’m guessing it’s the county flag.

      I wish I’d looked in Morrisons to see how they were branding them there. But it never occurred, given that they are the world’s most foul vegetable.

      But there’s half of an apron on both of them


  1. Huh. Μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος / οὐλομένην – Sing, oh goddess, of the destructive anger of Achilles, son of Peleus… I haven’t seen those words in 50 years, since my Ancient Greek class back in the day. I wonder what it was supposed to do with anything, though. He’s not likening himself to Achilles, is he? The most he’s got in common with said Greek hero is that he’s a heel.

    I bet he’s got an execrable English accent in Ancient Greek. I heard him once attempting to speak French, and his accent stunk.

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    1. Hum… well, he probably believes that the ancient greeks probably spoke with an English accent and if they didn;t then they damned well should have.

      He can barely speak English. I can’t imagine his French.

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      1. People, for some reason it just occurred to me to put that bit of Ancient Greek – Μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος / οὐλομένην – through Google Translate. Do give it a go and cheer yourselves up!

        Now try it without the line-break virgule I had in there: Μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην …

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    2. Only 50 years?!? Even longer ago, we were taught there was a ‘Scottish school’ of classical pronunciation. At least for Latin. Can’t remember any Greek examples, but I clearly recall insistence on the plural suffix -ae rhyming with aye. ‘Hay’ rhyme being ‘English school’ and infra dig. How the hell did anyone know?

      Not many native Latin speakers left in teuchterdom in the early ’60s (can’t speak for Ingerlandshire though) – but our heidie (my teacher) was famous for translating the Iliad and the Aeneid into Gaelic.

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      1. LOL Interesting education.

        There was a bit of an argument at my school about whether C was pronounced hard or soft.

        Was is Cicero or Kikero?

        I wondered why it mattered.


        1. I can beat that. In 2nd year high school. 33 for latin, 33 for french and 33 for engerlischen.
          Got my engerlischen O Grade though with nine others none of them were languages, which remain a mystery to me.

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      2. John, I recall the ae = aye and i = ee very well from my schoolboy Latin lessons. Thanks for the memories – I guess. To be fair, even a basic knowledge of Latin (I didn’t to Greek) is a great aid in understanding language.

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        1. Yes. I found it a challenge but I loved the complexity of the grammar. And as you say a lot of English and of course the romance languages derive from Latin, so even though you might never get the opportunity to actually speak it, it was worth the effort!


  2. Well the People knew what
    They were getting when they
    Voted for Boris .

    As for Achilles he did have
    His heel mind Boris Achilles
    Heel is his Dick .
    Can’t seem to keep it in his
    troosers and now he is King of
    The world 🌍 he won’t be able
    To resist putting about .

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    1. Well, they didn’t really know. I mean the manifesto changed right after he won.

      They SHOULD have known that you can’t trrust a word that comes out of their mouths, but they were seduced by …well…who knows.

      Get Brexit done, I suppose.

      Hell mend them.

      Yes, Boris Johnson’s voracious sexual appetite will be his undoing.

      God help the women in Mustique.

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    1. I’m wondering who will be the new leader and deputy… Also, have Branch Manager Leonard actually resigned? I heard that Anas Sarwar is up for his job with Baillie up for deputy…

      Pretty much without fail they have got worse since day one. Every time they get a new leader, he or she is worse than the last one. Since McConnell, at least.

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  3. How come they tell us where these sprouts were grown but refuse to label Scottish grown stuff as being from Scotland
    It’s okay
    I know the answer
    Makes me mad

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    1. And me. Down with Unionjackery!

      Perhaps They will label Brussels Sprouts “Freedom Sprouts” after 31 January. Here’s a thought: “Frozen British Button Freedom Sprouts from Perthshire Fairtrade farms (Microwave – From Frozen. Cat E 850w 3 min Cat D 750w 4 min. Place 3oz (90g) of frozen British button freedom sprouts in a microwavable bowl and add 1 tbsp. water…”.

      Removal of adjectives that have become offensive in certain quarters – yes, we don’t use certain adjectives because the wider society has finally realised that certain demeaning and insulting adjectives as applied to people and groups are in fact offensive, discriminatory and hateful, and decided not to accept their use in public discourse, but this English-ing of “Brussels Sprouts” is more like calling German Shepherds “Alsatians”, or Saxe-Coburg-Gothas “Windsors”.

      Ah well, at least we’re not back in the bad old days long before the Union when in England, as I understand it, apprentices who insulted their fellows by calling them “Scots”, whether verminous or otherwise, could be fined loadsamoney because their guilds considered it a particularly serious offence. So – is it, or it it not, offensive to call Michael Andrew Gove a “lousy Scot”? Answers on a postcard, please.

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      1. I wonder,I would certainly be most upset if any one referred to me as a Windsor. Ye gads.

        And as far as I’m concerned, you can call Gove anything you want. [sniff].

        Just remember, as the songs all say… Things gove better with Coke.


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