Tuesday, July 10, 2018

• The countdown has begun to the Grumpster holiday.

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Iceland
Thursday, May 24, 2018

• Those of you more than slightly acquainted with my weekly meanderings will be aware that late last year, in partnership with Doris, neighbour Andy and our dear PM, Mother Theresa May, I was able to secure the venerable Prince Andrew, Duke of Golf and Air-miles, a role as “Director of Ideas Management, Buckingham House Office” (DIMBHO).

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

• This week, I will be ruminating on change and where in my humble opinion, the passing of time has not improved our lot. Here are just a few examples:

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

• This week’s meanderings centre on public speaking. Trigger for this was the BBC Radio 4 replay of Enoch Powell’s 1968 infamous “rivers of blood” rant. It makes one appreciate that powerful speakers can be a force for bad as well as good. Churchill, JFK, King: inspirational. The great Shakespearean soliloquies – Henry V, Julius Caesar (I wonder if he ever gave those ears back)? Flip-side? Hitler, the aforementioned Powell, Mosley (with his pathetic moustache and girlie voice), disgraced American evangelists pleading with gullible fools to dig deep “as the Roller needs replaying”.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

• One of the reasons I am so bereft over BREXIT is my fondness for and identification with our European neighbours. My core sense of identity is resoundly English but I feel proud to be British and much as it is an alien concept to some, a European. I celebrate the French attitude of bemused detachment (and their cheese, and wine), the barely contained madness of the Italians and the friendliness of the Dutch.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Ely Grumpster’s Easter column

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 17 (worst day of the year, unless you are Irish).

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Ireland
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Ely Grumpster’s weekly ramblings

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Monday, February 26, 2018

• There are many things the Grumpster is passionate about: family; friends; Church; curries and of course, my long-suffering Doris. You can add history to that list. So today, by way of a change, I have penned a piece, comparing Hitler to Henry Tudor. While not wishing for a second to diminish the heinous crimes of the Beast of Branau, there are intriguing similarities and with 20th century technology and weaponry, late 15th century England would have been a terrifying place. I have identified eight similarities:

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United Kingdom
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

• Well it’s been a couple of weeks to remember for all the wrong reasons.

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Network Rail
Saturday, January 13, 2018

• The Grumpster believes that a major issue with this country is its inability to turn brilliant ideas into practical solutions.

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Prince

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