Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Socialist in America

My new Labour Party membership card has just arrived in the post. I must be the only card carrying member of the Kensington Consituency Labour Party in Virginia Highlands, and, quite possibly, the only "democratic socialist" in Midtown Atlanta. Good: a lunatic is always in a minority of one.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thoughtcrimes in Bangkok

"One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”

 

It was a bright, sunny day in Bangkok, and the clocks were striking thirteen.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Watching Football in America


English football fans in Atlanta are a bit of a rarity.  There do not seem to be too many of us here.  Perhaps that is a good thing. The barmy army of beered up louts, cheering on the national side, are a nasty social by-product of our society, and not really suitable for export

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Haunted by Savannah

The tree lined roads to Savannah are voodoo paved with snakes, black vultures and blown out rubber tires. Second posting into my present life as a "male trailing spouse," this was our first "road trip" (in the newly acquired grey-metallic 2008 Honda Civic) to the most haunted city in America.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Another fucking coup d'état in Thailand

"As of this minute, I am taking over." General Pad See Ew Gai takes aim

 

Oh no, not another fucking coup in Thailand. Is it coup number 18, 19 or 20?  Or the twelfth since 1932?  Even the bloke on the BBC, shouting English in a public school educated accent at the monolingual Thai soldiers, does not seem sure. Coup 18, 19, or 20? The BBC is sticking to 12.  The Guardian has it at 19.  For some reason, I have it at 20 (but I could be wrong).  This is Thailand, the coup prone Kingdom, and the cycle and frequency of military takeovers makes things confusing.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We have become an Author!

 

11st 10 (creative anxiety has eliminated most of my body fat); cigarettes 4 (writer's necessity); alcohol units 0 (no nutritional benefits whatsoever); coffee 12 (intravenous, much needed for old age); Vitamins 16 (need to score Glucosamine).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Getting Nicked in Notting Hill

The Male Trailing Spouse has cause for celebration.  I have just finished my first book.  Not a moany old novel with a thinly disguised, smart arsed protagonist; no, a work of non-fiction, about a very serious subject indeed. I won't propose to bore you with the details. Or go on about the blunders and triumphs that went into its making. Authors talking about the sweat, pain and despair of their own work are as interesting as mothers who talk about their children. Suffice to say, it is a worthy tome. And not for the fainthearted.