34 Thoughts We Had While Watching “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Last Saturday, 14 years after everyone else, I finally watched the Lord of the Rings films. It was a friend’s birthday, and because we don’t do things by halves, we watched all the extended editions back to back, for a total of 11 hours (someone suggested we start with the Hobbit trilogy too, but they … Continue reading 34 Thoughts We Had While Watching “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy (Extended Edition)

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On St Clement’s Day: a Special Knitted Monk

Today, November 23rd, is St Clement’s Day. Meet Clement: Ok, so this one isn’t the saint himself. The actual patron saint of sailors and blacksmiths is not four and a half inches tall. He was the third or fourth pope and was martyred by the Romans tying him to an anchor and chucking him in … Continue reading On St Clement’s Day: a Special Knitted Monk

On Why I’m Annoyed with the Labour Party, and They’ve Not Even Announced a New Leader Yet

I am canny hacked off with the Labour Party. This isn’t a general “oh you’ve got a silly policy there” or “you‘ve elected a total muppet to lead your party” grumble – as I type we’ve not heard the leadership election result yet. No, this, this time it’s personal. They’ve not let me have a … Continue reading On Why I’m Annoyed with the Labour Party, and They’ve Not Even Announced a New Leader Yet