Posted in January 2015

Bad Labelling

I spotted this in my health food shop. Can’t imagine anyone buying this! Is it for horny goats or to make goat weed horny?

Depression and Comedy

There has long been an association between depression and comedians, perhaps the most spectacular being Spike Milligan, one fo the UK’s most brilliant, who was for most of his later life unemplopyable due to his unreliability. This is an article by Jessica Barrett in the i newspaper: “I’m paraphrasing but Friends actor Matthew Perry told … Continue reading

Old Skull Found in Israel

This is a pretty amazing discovery from i’s science editor, Steve Connor, as one of the biggest debates in our ancestry is how our race became dominant over the Neanderthals. Did we wipe out the more primitive species, or did they just fade away? “The partial skull of an anatomically-modern human who lived alongside the … Continue reading

Peak Food

This is from yesterday’s i, by Tom Bawden Environment Editor: “The world has entered an era of “peak food” production, with a vast array of staples … slowing in growth. Research published in the journal Ecology and Society finds that the supply of 21 staples such as eggs, eat, vegetables and soybeans, is already beginnign … Continue reading

The Cost of Accuracy

We all make mistakes, especially when typing at high speed, but this article in yesterday’s i makes me feel a bit better about the errors I’ve overlooked: “Companies House in London has been ordered to pay £8.8m o the owners of a family business in Cardiff forced into administratin after a typo made by the … Continue reading


This is a film about wrestling. That alone is enough to put off most Brits as it is seen more as a pantomime than a serious sport. So it is jarring to see the opening shots of Channing Tatum’s wrestling champ Mark Schultz practicing hurling a huge dummy around in a scruffy gym, then putting … Continue reading


This latest film starring Jake Gyllenhaal has garnered rave reviews but not a lot of screens showing it. But here’s something I don’t think I’ve ever written. It is a bad film. I can see what they were trying to do with it, but it seems to have been made without looking at the end … Continue reading

2001: A Space Oddity

It makes me feel so old to think that I can remember when this film by the master Stanley Kubrick represented the future. Seeing it now, as part of the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder series, and with it an incredible 50 years old, is a very odd experience. It is incredibly long, and … Continue reading

How Times Have Changed

I heard this song on the radio the other day and love it. ‘Because I’m Young’ by the late Lynne REdgrave from the film ‘Smashing Time’ . A song about getting away with bad behaviour because you’re young. It’s a great song because it really swings in the older sense of the word, but fails … Continue reading

Cricketers and Ghosts

I’ve always thought that sports people are a rather sensible lot, but I guess there’s always an element of luck in what they do, which may leave them open to superstition. But here’s a small article from yesterday’s I that made me wonder what’s going on in cricket: “Pakistan cricketer Haris Sohail was left “visibly … Continue reading