Wednesday, 17 May 2017

So close and yet so far

In the 1940s and 1950s Britain led the world in scientific research. We gave America the secrets of Radar and supersonic flight. We received a sizeable bill for World War Two in return.

In fact Britain had advanced plans to set up a colony on Mars and had produced its first rocket by 1958. We could have been the first country in space but we bowed to political pressure from the other side of the Atlantic, and the project was scrapped. (This pattern would repeat itself a dozen years later with TSR2, the supersonic fighter).

Against this background it is heartening to discover a small reminder of our glory days. 

Here is all that remains of launch tower Delta 3 at a secret location in the West Midlands. The whole area is derelict and flooded now, but imagine the activity in those heady post war years as we laboured to make Dan dare a reality.



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Usually..

.. I would work out something witty to write, but this picture is worth a thousand words.




Friday, 5 May 2017

Age discrimination

I have a feeling that old people are under-represented in our prison population. This amounts to an ageist discrimination and should be addressed with some urgency.

So, I propose that it should be made illegal to be old

If you are found to be old when stopped by the Police, you will be given a warning. If you are still old when stopped a second time you will be sentenced to five years in prison and all your ill gotten gains will be forfeit to the Government. 

This means that there will be a steady stream of houses to sell which will bring in useful revenue and also stimulate the economy in difficult times. 

Furthermore, old folks in prison will no doubt exert a calming effect on the young criminals, so the system as a whole will benefit.

You will be eligible for release if you can prove to the parole board that you are no longer old. 




Monday, 1 May 2017

Bank Holiday

There was very little left at Milton Keynes IKEA after the Bank Holiday sale finished.


Monday, 24 April 2017

The empty chair

Back in the days when pubs were full of cigarette smoke (remember that?) you could get pictures with "atmosphere" like this from around 1990.


These days they seem to think that a stage performance needs "atmosphere" adding from hidden smoke machines. I hate to think what is in the atmosphere.



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Earliest convenience

The Earl of Keynsham planned to keep ordinary people out of his toilets by introducing a stiff one penny entry fee.

Eventually there came a time when even a common journeyman Hedge-Scrounger could command this sum for a day's light Birch weaving, so the Earl had to adopt stronger measures.