Having not slept well last night, I have been watching some afternoon TV, not something I am prone to do, or proud to admit!

Anyway apart from the absurd patronising and frankly insulting advertising aimed at the over 50s, I think the worst offender is a website offering quick loans which, as law requires, has to declare its rate of interest which is 1295.5 %

can that be allowed?

Legal …………possibly

Moral …… I think not


Resolution …….

Today is traditionally the day for resolutions – statements of ambition and determination, most of which (especially those of an abstemious nature) have faded by the time the pub has opened.

So for this year I would like to propose that we suggest resolutions for other individuals to respect and act upon. Here are a few:

1 Brian Blessed should learn to begin at least a few sentences without the word ‘I’

2 Politicians should never suggest they are ‘committed’ to anything without indicating the level of their commitment. The result of not fulfilling the stated commitment could be expedited as a financial penalty or in more serious cases, public humiliation or even removal of certain essential body parts.

3 Donald Trump just shouldn’t ……

Any ideas?


Enough is enough …..

img_1234As I have already mentioned, the idea as far, as I’m concerned with word games, is to use and to use and expand your vocabulary in your own language and enjoy a little friendly competition. Clearly not the case. The way to success is to import into the game as many obscure words from other languages as possible – qi apparently being the all- time favourite of Scrabblists! (Whilst at the same time excluding genuine English words.)

Today the system came out with Touraco – an anglicised spelling of the name of a fruit-eating African bird with brightly coloured plumage, a prominent crest, and a long tail.

Enough – having learned a few words which will be of service if ever called upon to join a discussion on Yak husbandry or anthropoid anatomy, I shall bid farewell to Words with friends.



Planet Rowland . . . . .

l rarely wake feeling refreshed and Lesley’s first words to me are often: ’What was happening on Planet Rowland last night?!’ She’s often aware of my parallel existence as I wake her whist fighting my invisible demons. To illustrate this tiring phenomenon, I’ll describe last night’s experience – one of the less violent but typically frantic.

It began fairly normally – normal, in my terms anyway – with me having successfully robbed a train with the help of Richard Aodaye dressed in a deep scarlet velvet suit with flared trousers. Having dropped Richard off to catch his bus home, I headed off with my other companion – an amalgam of Hagrid and an Italian guitarist friend called Enzo.

Whilst we were deciding where to hide our ill-gotten gains we realise that another gang has designs on our ‘loot’ but no sooner had we shaken off the first gang, than another larger gang took up the pursuit. As a result we were caught in a situation where before ‘large fish’ could eat us ‘small fish’, ‘large fish’ itself was eaten by ‘even larger fish’. This chase continued in the style of wacky races meets silent movie until on the verge of an unpleasant denouement, I woke up.

‘I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?’ said Ernest Hemingway. Bloody lucky you, Ernie…….


‘Apple purposefully slowing down older iPhone models when new models come out’

Not sure whether I am more shocked by corporate self interest or bad English!


endite ?!?!

  • You see, I reckon that many of us who like word based games like Scrabble, believe that it gives us a chance to exercise our vocabulary and increase it ! However there are a few issues – one is that you win as many points with crude obscenities as you do with learned words and secondly the automated versions will offer obscure short words or others that are so rarified they can barely breathe – e.g. endite

an inwardly directed lobe on a limb segment of an arthropod, especially on the protopodite of a crustacean limb.

that’ll come in handy the next time I’m involved in a heavy debate about crab anatomy ……