Monthly Archives: September 2015

Poverty and foodbanks

Last night my wife and I watched a programme about the Dundee Food bank. This is where the public donates food to a central point and volunteers distribute it to people who otherwise would starve. Now a reminder here: this … Continue reading

Posted in arms industry, foodbanks, history, humanity, life, nuclear war, People, politics, poverty | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

He Died for Freedom and Honour

One hundred years ago today, the Battle of Loos was raging in France. This was the biggest British battle of the so-called Western Front in 1915 and, like so many battles of the First World War, there were horrendous casualties. … Continue reading

Posted in 1915, Black Watch, Death Penny, Diplomacy, Dundee, European Union, Evil, First World War, freedom, Good, ISIS, League of Nations, Loos, Middle East, Nazi Germany, Scotland, U.N., War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Packet of Liverpool

This time yesterday I was sitting beside the Beatles Museum, looking over at the Ferry across the Mersey and within a shadow’s fall of the Liver Building. It was all so Liverpool: the essence of that bustling, vibrant and very … Continue reading

Posted in crime, ferry across the mersey, gangs, history, Liverpool, murder, museums, prostitution, re-development, Shipping, slavery, the beatles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The folklore behind common phrases

On the television news yesterday, one man gave his opinion that racism¬†was ‘beyond the pale.’ It was a throwaway remark that he probably said without any consideration for the original meaning of the phrase. It did set me thinking though, … Continue reading

Posted in arctic, brass monkeys, English language, folklore, history, ireland, maritime, meaning, meanings, phrases, son of a gun, words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sergeant Mendick and the themes and influences of Victorian crime novels

Many years ago I read about a ship named Madagascar. According to the story, this vessel was a¬†clipper that was pirated by her own crew. The loyal hands were murdered and there was rape and pillage. A bit like Treasure … Continue reading

Posted in crime, family life, history, inspiration, mourning, police, royalty, themes, Victorian values, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment