Being for the retirement of Mr Hartnett

So, you're a lifelong civil servant. You're quite competent, and you're amazingly good at tolerating people who aren't, especially your political 'masters'. You've spent over 30 years in the service, and you've risen to be in charge of collecting tax and that. You're well aware that a lot of companies are headquartered in the UK, … Continue reading Being for the retirement of Mr Hartnett

Deeply odd UK usage

While we're still on UK-nomenclature, this article (written by an American for a British-based international magazine) has one of the oddest phrasings I've seen in a while: The An-124 will likely be a rare sight in Kinston as Spirit plans to typically deliver its fuselage panels by boat to France, while its wing spars, also … Continue reading Deeply odd UK usage

It’s another exciting British constitutional history post. Hurrah!

Just because people seem confused on all this (for some reason). Before 1535, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland were legally separate countries. Following the English conquest of Ireland in the 12th century and of Wales in the 13th, England, Ireland and Wales had a single ruler, who was styled King of England and Lord of … Continue reading It’s another exciting British constitutional history post. Hurrah!

This, this, all of this all of the time

My bankster buddy Dan has an excellent post on Crooked Timber about how the venal British middle class are basically blaming the disaster they created, caused and voted for, on the small subset of the venal British middle class who are actually bankers - rather than on their own stupid and venal decisions. If you … Continue reading This, this, all of this all of the time

Poms, Paddies, Jocks & Taffs

I wrote this piece about British national terms after my Cross-Cultural Communication lecturer asked me about the differences between different UK-ish groups. Anyone/everyone disagree? The most important bit, and by far the most offensive to get wrong, is recognising that the non-English nations within the UK can never be called ‘England’. England, Scotland and Wales … Continue reading Poms, Paddies, Jocks & Taffs

Blogging is dead and no-one cares?

My riot policing piece yesterday attracted 600 unique visitors in 24 hours. That isn't exactly Perez Hilton, but is about six times my current normal run rate (I think the biggest this blog has ever been is about 1000 daily visitors, for some of the global financial crisis articles). The fact that the piece had … Continue reading Blogging is dead and no-one cares?