Happy UK Mothers’ Day – why you owe her…

In honour of Mothers’ Day in the UK here once again is a list of 26 reasons why we owe our mothers so much … have a good one and Happy Mothers’ Day all (mothers!)

Happy UK Mothers' Day - why you owe her

“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE:
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2. My mother taught me RELIGION:
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL:
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” [Read more…]

How not to write picture captions, by a leading UK newspaper … episode 5


Were they conversing with
the parrots or the hyenas?

Here’s the first round for 2014, of hilarious picture captions from one of the UK’s most loved/hated newspapers and I’m delighted to see their sub-editors have not put “how to get our syntax right” down as one of their New Year’s resolutions. [Read more…]

News media: how many steps too far this time?

HTWB News mediaAre newspapers truly getting too big for their boots in an attempt to sell papers in the light of online competition? Here in the UK this week we have been entertained by a raging battle between the current leader of the Labour (leftie) Party and a well known right-wing tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mail.

The mud-slinging started when the conservative DM accused the late Ralph Miliband, father of the current Labour Party leader Ed, of “hating Britain” because he had happened to swear allegiance to Karl Marx (who happens to be buried in England.) [Read more…]

Yankee Doodle Dandy rewritten for USA Independence Day

medium_2753620187In a special tribute to these “two countries split by a common language,” I have rewritten the lyrics to Yankee Doodle bringing them up to date from the bad old days of the Boston Tea Party and other unfortunate misunderstandings between the UK and the USA.

(PSSSTTT…don’t tell anyone, but Wikipedia claims the song was first sung by British military officers about the Yankees….sing along, anyway!) [Read more…]