That damned revolting pedant.

Much of this post will be irrelevant to non-British readers.  I apologise in advance.

I am getting worried about the BBC’s syllogistic facilities.  From a BBC “South Today” news broadcast:

“Two ladies from our region are taking part in the world gliding championships in Australia.  Our success in the Women’s’ Football League shows what can be achieved”

Therefore, somewhat illogically:

British women are good at football.

Football is a sport.

Gliding is now apparently a competitive sport, rather than a pastime.

Therefore British women will be good at gliding.

I am not totally convinced.


In a similar vein, why was the BBC so interested in the fact that “only” 42% of performers at the Glastonbury Festival were female?  All hail to the tweeter who stated that in his/her opinion the quality of music is more important than the gender of the performer.


I am beginning to wonder if the BBC is trying to outdo Channel 4 in its “equality” stance. Sorry BBC, but having a continuity announcer from Ulster will never quite outdo the apparent Jamaican on Channel 4 (a channel that was set up to be controversial and forward-looking).

Both are equally comic to a listener brought up in the days when even a Dorset accent was deemed a hindrance to career progress.

A half-year resolution.

Hello followers,

I am sure that this will come as a surprise, or maybe even an anathema, to my wargaming followers.

However, I wish to make pact with my followers.

In recent months, due to health issues, the variety and length of my dog-walking have been reduced.  My fitness and the dog’s fitness have both been affected.  It has got to the point that Sparky, after five minutes play in the local woods, picks up his ball and heads for home.

And thus, now that I feel able to resume driving safely, and on 1st July, I make my half year resolution.

“I will, each morning, by a random die roll (to keep my wargaming followers happy) select from the local Ordnance Survey map a location.  I will then drive to the nearest identifiable footpath.  From there I will walk the dog for at least 30 minutes before returning to the car.

I will take a photograph at some point on the walk and post it on this blog.”

For your part, if no daily photograph is posted, I wish you to reply either to this post or by e-mail to asking why there is no daily photograph.

I hope that this non-relevant information will not cause you to stop following my blog.  Simply delete the irrelevant incoming mails if they are a problem.  They will be titled “Walks with my dog” and on the blog will be allocated to that category and tag.

Thank you.

General Whiskers.

Positives and negatives

It would seem that the veteran model railway company Hornby, that has since taken over rival companies such as Triang, Airfix and Scalextric, may have decided to support the modelling community in preference to the toy sector.

In a recent BBC interview the new chairman said to the effect of : “We have to look at our target market. For example: ‘How does the Harry Potter train set fit into my layout of Torquay in the 1960s'”

He also referred to keeping the Scalextric* motor racing models relevant. But also that the Airfix range will include everything from a simple clip-together kit to a super-detailed model that will take up to 3 months to assemble.

*It is unfortunate that he replaced the ‘x’ in Scalextric with a ‘c’. A common mistake, but not ecpected (sic) from the chairman of the company.

But that in turn reminded me of a business meeting in the 1980’s at Zanussi; about to launch their ‘Nexus’ range of washing machines.
(Paraphrased from memory)
Marketing Director: “Our market research company tells us that anything with an x in the middle has positive connotations.”
Managing Director: “Like ‘toxic’ or ‘noxious’ for example?”
Methinks that somebody had been briefed before the meeting.