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 …

Homonym homily

As a word wonk, an inveterate cryptic crossword solver and even an occasional cryptic crossword compiler, I’ve long been fascinated by the literary phenomenon, found in most languages, of the …

Rhif pum cant

With apologies to The Proclaimers When I started, well I didn’t plan ahead,I didn’t think I’d write 500 times at all.When I’m writing, yeah I give it all I’ve got,No …

Jiggery-pokery

Some sort of homage to Barry Cryer (1935-2022) Teddy Frobisher and Gerry Barrington visited… Noswaith dda hogiau! Dewch i mewn! What? Oh, how demoralising! Now what can I get you …

One for the road

“I’ll drive you to the airport if you like,” said Colin. “You don’t want to be lugging your holdall and rucksack on buses and trains.”“You don’t need to Col,” replied …

November

Somewhat after Thomas Hood (1799-1845) No hopes – no dreams –No plans – no schemes –No sense – no brains – no understanding why and how –No smiles – no …

Laugh, or else

Before joining the Crusades, an English knight made sure his Lady stayed faithful by fitting her with a chastity belt. He locked the armoured contraption securely and, not wishing to …

Hide and seek

1 One summer afternoon in the long school holidays five children wandered off to have adventures in the countryside. They were all nine-year-olds who lived in the semi-rural outer suburbs …