The Joy of Blank

The Joy of Blank

A celebration of a published story, a new name, and a blank page.

Halfthought of the Month

Halfthought of the Month

After 350 weekly posts since February 2008, Halfthoughts will switch to a monthly schedule.

Space Tourism is Dumb

Space Tourism is Dumb

The dream of space flight is thrilling. The human race has many good reasons to venture into space. However, the practical realities make space tourism an exceptionally stupid innovation in leisure.

Unstoppable You

Unstoppable You

A poem for somebody with a coincidental birthday.

When Two Tiers Go To War

When Two Tiers Go To War

Gordon Brown and the Labour Party say they do not want two ‘tiers’ within the British House of Commons. But there are already many tiers amongst MPs, not least as a consequence of inconsistent devolution around the UK.

Press Regulator: Criado-Perez Abuse Claim Was Misleading

Press Regulator: Criado-Perez Abuse Claim Was Misleading

IPSO, the UK press regulator, judged that Caroline Criado-Perez and the New Statesman misled readers when claiming that domestic abuse is the largest cause of morbidity in women aged 19 to 44.

Stories & Skits

Preston Dirges Nears The End

Preston Dirges Nears The End

In the last instalment of Preston Dirges’ office saga, Preston was briefing a hungover Valerie, and an ever ready Gordon, for the final audit meeting. We join them as the auditor, Thimbleby, is about to arrive…

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A Visit from St. Away

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all round the flat, Not a creature was present, not even the cat. Most were out shopping, loading bags full of crap; There was no time for lazing, nor having a nap. The children [...]