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The Christmas Mouse

The Christmas Mouse

The Christmas mouse ran through the house, whilst everybody else was asleep. As was his instinct, he began in the kitchen. Oh what a feast! The remnants filled his empty belly til the mouse thought he might burst. After much chewing and licking, he was fully sated, and more than slightly inebriated…

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.

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…

When the light goes down

When the light goes down

The sun closes another day
I find myself tired inside
Weary to the bones
Wearing no expression on my face…

Preston Dirges and the Need for Chairs

Preston Dirges and the Need for Chairs

Preston Dirges’ office saga nears its conclusion, with Preston and his colleagues preparing themselves for the final audit meeting. And that means finding enough chairs for everybody to sit on…