October 6th, 2014


Bloody This, Bloody That

1. I acquired a "pup" overnight. It was standing guard and going wurrah-wurrah-wurrah every time I tried to get on-line. It took Ailz about an hour to drive it off and clean up after it.

2. The flea in the moon story (Dr Who) was bloody stupid. I'm amazed quality control didn't kick in at an early stage and direct the writer back to the drawing board.

3. John Wayne's Alamo movie (1960) was one of the first "grown-up" movies I ever went to and it imprinted on me. I see now it's sort of John Ford and water- but still not half bad. I caught the end of the recent remake last night. It's ponderous and aspires to accuracy- but would a single man with a fiddle really have been able to overpower and silence a phalanx of drummers? I love the scene in which a captured, frightened Davy Crockett remembers who he is, assumes the persona and goes down cheeking his killers. Billy Bob Thornton is a marvellous actor. Oh, and not a single coonskin hat in sight!

4. Kevin Pietersen is telling it how it was. I've always thought it was a shame and a scandal that the most exciting batsman of the modern game should have been dumped out of Test cricket. How could we have done that to ourselves? You get a talent that wonderful and what you should be doing is building your team around it. Pietersen says there was a lot of bullying going on. Bloody Andy Flower! Bloody bowlers!


The temperature has fallen 10 degrees since Saturday. I'm wearing a body warmer and thinking about fingerless gloves.