19 November 2023

It’s been a decent enough week, I suppose. I had lunch with a friend, Penny read with her primary school reading buddies, played bridge with her neighbouring bridge buddies, and tromped across half of Northamptonshire with Daisy and one of her dog-walking buddies.

I had lunch with a friend on Wednesday at the marvellous Marlstone Tavern, aka the Pie Pub. What a great place! Pies. That’s what there is. A wonderous choice of all types of pies. (Served with fresh veg and potatoes – chips/fries or mashed). Clearly, this is a place which compels the visitor to return on many future occasions – I can count twenty variety of pies I would be quite happy to sample. (Most of you know my view on parsnips).

Perhaps I should run a poll – which pie should I try next?

Which pie should Greg try next?

It’s been a marvellously entertaining few days in the “You Could Not Make It Up” department. From Suella Braverman’s sacking, to David Cameron’s resurrection from his shed and the implosion of the Tory’s “flagship” immigration policy, again. You couldn’t make this stuff up!

Suella’s sacking was long overdue and set off fireworks amongst the knuckle-scrapers. She wrote a stonkingly ballistic resignation letter and marched off to start her campaign for the leadership.

Then, we had the hysterical news that Sunak had appointed David Cameron to be Foreign Secretary. Really. This is beyond parody.

Sunak searches the gene puddle of Tory talent … and finds David Cameron
The ‘change’ PM brings back Big Dave, the guy who started country’s decline, to finish the job off.

John Crace, The Guardian

Thank goodness! The man who gave us Austerity and Brexit and then sloped away to let everyone else pick up the pieces. His two greatest achievements.

But when the only figure fit to be foreign secretary was not a member of either house of parliament, then you know the Tories are in deep trouble. (Cameron will now enter the House of Lords as a life peer.)

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

The one good thing about Cameron’s resurrection, the welcome return of Lady Cameron’s Diary, a satrical piece in the Guardian exposing his arrogance and hubris, which was a staple during his disastrous period as PM.

Cue more ridicule, on Wednesday the Supreme Court rules that the government’s “flagship” policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, is unlawful. Damn those left-wing, woke, tofu-eating liberal lawyers who know about the law thwarting the “will of the people.”

No problem. Introduce some emergency legislation declaring that Rwanda is safe. Hey presto! Problem solved.

It’s completely bonkers – the mind boggles.

We recently finished watching the mini-series All the Light We Cannot See on Netflix. The book, I’m told, is fantastic – I’ve yet to read it. The series has had mixed reviews but we really enjoyed it. It’s only four episodes so give it a go if you’re looking for something.

We’ve also just finished two Yorkshire Ripper related series. The first, a dramatisation, The Long Shadow (it was on ITV here but I guess it will show up on a streaming service near you sometime soon) and the second, a documentary, The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story which was on BBC iPlayer. Both very good and both exposing the misogynistic attitudes of the investigating police and the many “mistakes” that were made which enabled Peter Sutcliffe to attack and murder so many women.

And finally, how about this cute thing, courtesy of Adam and Ava and her nursery photoshoot.

She’s such a cutie!

Meanwhile, keep happy, keep smiling, be good, be careful, and keep safe. And be gentle to wasps and bees.

Lots of love to you all,


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