Dear Donald

Dear Donald

Confidential  26th November 2019 Dear Donald,  ‘E Pluribus Unem’ as my old housemaster used to say after several ales in the back bar of ‘The Nanny and Spanker’ in Windsor. Well, bugger me senseless, its working! You were right. The old adage is true about truth and...
‘We Three kings…”

‘We Three kings…”

Confidential  13th November 2019 Dear ‘Sir’ Nigel,  Sir? Hah! Only kidding…but you must admit it has a ring to it?  ‘Delirium in Quim extant’ as my old housemaster used to say in his defence at his annual court appearance to face charges of ‘The misapplication of...
“And another thing….”

“And another thing….”

(Thanks to John Le Carré’s ‘The Secret Pilgrim’ p 403-404 2011 penguin Edition) Confidential  12th November 2019 Dear Dom, “Ipso facto delirium” as my old housemaster used to say to no one in particular after a few after session ales in the ‘Dog and...
“Our little secret”

“Our little secret”

Confidential  9th November 2019 Dear Vladimir,  “Dolce et decorum est” as my old housemaster used to say before administering a good caning to any boy who had the temerity to question his ability to teach.  It is a little inconvenient that our chaps in the...
Common Sense

Common Sense

Confidential  8th November 2019 Dear Jacob, Oh dear. That turned out to be a car crash did it not? “Felinius es ex Sacculi” as my old housemaster used to say after being overheard discussing the finer points of sodomy after dinner in the Carlton.  Look, we all know...

Dear Dom

Confidential 4th November 2019 Dear Dom, My God this is tedious. ‘Ad hominem et tu Brute’ as my old housemaster used to say following release on bail after another drunken foray into the local Spearmint Rhino. Some of the girls were left emotionally scarred while the...
The continuing relevance of Social Class.

The continuing relevance of Social Class.

Comments about the death of class and of class identity have a long history. I think this is only half correct. Identity may be on the wane if it exists at all, but class as an objective  social relation certainly has not. Here I draw upon the work of Graham Scambler...
Norfolk has ditches?

Norfolk has ditches?

28th October 2019 Dear Norfolk County Council, May I say I very much admire your fair county, notwithstanding hosting the Monarchy at Sandringham, your countryside provides some of the best views in the country.  I’ve always loved the broads and the fenland…yes the...