I’ve written a rule to move any email with “Black Friday” in the subject field to the bin…..

Peppa Pig and prolonged pauses – it is, I think, time to start worrying about the prime minister.

At the end of this speech, in an interview with ITV, the interviewer, having watched the speech, and gauged the audience reaction, saw fit to pose the following question: “Is everything OK, prime minister?”

Read more on The Independent

boris & peppa pig

Listening to Raise The Roof, the new album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. the long-awaited follow up from Raising Sand.

Listen on Spotify.

Just listened to the brilliant new album from Elbow called Flying Dream 1.🎶

Buy a copy from Elbow’s store or listen on Apple Music.

Mark Barrow has spent thirty years filming underwater clips that document the state of Britain’s rivers and streams. In the last twenty years, he has seen the percentage of UK waterways classified as healthy drop from over 90% to less than 15%. Now, as water companies are effectively granted free licence to pump sewage directly into rivers, he says he has witnessed whole stretches of water completely devoid of life. View his report on YouTube

Perhaps the country is finally about to see through Boris Johnson. Everyone does in the end.

Boris Johnson is the prime minister of a country that is a genuine world leader on carbon reduction. And here he was, covering the arses of the countries that deliberately sabotaged Cop26, for no reason beyond his own juvenile boosterism.

Read the full article on the Independent

Dramatic sky when out walking the dog this morning.

dramatic sky across fields

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic


Leave Boris Johnson alone – this exotic creature is Labour’s greatest asset | The Independent

slippery slope

Listening to The Future from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. 🎶

Starmer suggests PM is using Brexit fights to distract from other areas.

“There’s a little bit of me, Andrew, I am afraid that can’t help think that the prime minister is constantly trying to pick a fight on things like this so he hopes people don’t look elsewhere in the forest, which are things like the Owen Paterson affair.”

What happened in the House of Commons yesterday was so foul, the stench might never clear.

What happened on Wednesday afternoon in the House of Commons was absolutely not a politician making the rules then failing to abide by them himself. It was a politician, having been found utterly in breach of them, entirely and unequivocally bang to rights, and responding by having his mates, and the government itself, just rip the rules up altogether.

Read the full article here

johnson wallowing in sleeze From The Independent

First frost of the season 📷

Frosty landscape photo

iPhone 11, Lightroom app, processed in Lightroom Classic

“Not our fault!” Spitting Image nailed it.

clip from spitting image

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #31 home 📷

photo of a house and garden

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #30 red 📷

red ferrari

Listening to Kites, the new release from melodic neo-prog band This Winter Machine. 🎶

Catch it on Bandcamp

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #29 cycle 📷

cycle photo

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #28 underneath 📷

photo of inside Tower Bridge, London

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #27 chaos 📷

Alcohol + Foam = Chaos

foam party

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #26 bliss 📷


This is a disgrace.

Tory MPs have been defending themselves from accusations they have given the go-ahead to water companies to dump raw sewage in rivers.

A proposal from the Lords to the Environment Bill that would have placed legal duties on the companies to reduce discharges was defeated by 265 MPs’ votes to 202 last week.

Source: Tory MPs defend votes after uproar over sewage proposals - BBC News

Listening to Live to Tape: Volume 1 by Bahamas that includes tracks with The Secret Sisters and The 400 Unit 🎶

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #25 gravity 📷

Defying the laws of gravity.

gravity defying trick

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #24 connection 📷

Had to replace a hot water/heating diverter valve this week.

photo of an electrical connection

Micro.blog October 2021 Photoblogging Challenge #23 meaning 📷

The meaning of sunflowers in dreams is “victory under pressure or trying times,” which seems perfect for life in the UK.

photo of a field of sunflowers