Anthem updated

♫ ♫ ♫ God save us from this king,He’s just embarrassingAnd so rightwing.Syntax laborious,Manner vainglorious,Cheater notorious,Dripping in bling. Flunkies and minions,Staggering trillionsToo vast to count.Hogwash and weasel wordsSubdue the servile …

Cardiff’s lost buildings 6

Printing WorksVarious locationsWhen London media giant Trinity Mirror closed its Cardiff printing operation in 2017, the event was largely ignored in the city. The state-of-the-art print works in Pacific Road, …

I’ve been everywhere

Composed in 1959 by Australian Geoff Mack (1922-2017), the first version of I’ve Been Everywhere was, naturally enough, dedicated to Australian place names. The novelty tongue-twister became a big hit …

On the departure of Boris Johnson

With apologies to E.J.Thribb (age 17½) So. FarewellThen Boris Johnson,Kicked out of 10 Downing Street inDisgraceTo put the tin lid on a career of failureAfterFailureAfterFailure. You were aDestructive hooray-henry hooligan,Piss-poor …

Some more lives

Miscellaneous briefer profiles HANEF BHAMJEE (1948-2022)Redoubtable activist and campaigner Hanef Bhamjee, who died in January, was born in apartheid-era South Africa and from the age of 10 had already acquired …

Pubocalypse 11

BUB’SChurch StreetThis effort from the Crafty Devil microbrewery didn’t even last four years, as I predicted with uncanny accuracy in Pubocalypse 7. Guess what? There’s no place for small independents …

A bite at the cherry

High summer is the peak fruiting time for the sweet cherry, Prunus avium, and although like most foods these days they’re not cheap (approximately £10 per kg/£5 per lb), I …

The bad guys

As catastrophic global heating and the wholesale destruction of the natural world gather unstoppable, exponential momentum and the inarguable evidence of the imminent collapse of our one and only biosphere …

Flogging a dead horse

12.00 midnight WESTMINSTER TORY SELLING PLATEAge: Juveniles only; Class: None; Distance: Far too long; Surface: Synthetic; Going: Sloppy; Prize: £164k per annum + expenses + luxury free stabling + backhanders …