Who will it be: Harry Potter, Basil Fawlty, Paddington Bear, Mr Bean, Dr Who or James Bond after all? I don’t believe there is another country with as many fictional celebrities as the United Kingdom.
In 2002 there was a poll to select the greatest Briton, so not a fictional figure. However, the list took on a somewhat fictional dimension halfway through: King Arthur appeared as number 51 and Boy George was number 46. Opinions differ about whether King Arthur really existed. I have my…Continue
Posted on February 1, 2015 at 8:48am
Last week, reports emerged about Big Bird being seen at an over-18s festival. This sprang to mind when Labour leader Ed Miliband began to get involved in the Scottish referendum. It was as if Eddie laddie had gatecrashed the wrong party.
And the leaders of the Yes and No campaigns, Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, seemed to land you straight in an episode of the Muppet Show. Now you may well ask: ‘Aren’t you being a bit too harsh about the Scots?’ That’s because they spoke about…
Posted on September 22, 2014 at 10:55am
Last weekend, Amsterdam seemed rather dingy. Amsterdam is an open-air museum populated by completely inebriated, cannabis-smoking tourists and a local population who congratulate themselves on being so tolerant. But all these different facets of society live in completely parallel worlds. Everyone seemed to be pigeonholed: by attitude, clothes and behaviour.
Do you know what I missed most? A sense of adventure. The impression that people are really living here, these are…Continue
Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:58am
Each country has its own guidelines for passport photos. The Dutch guidelines included: don’t smile and uncover your ears. ‘Well, look at me,’ said another woman. She retrieved a scarf from her bag and folded it around her head. Neither ears nor hair were on display. ‘My embassy demands it!’ she yelled. Might there be countries that insisted on a burka?
It makes me angry: law-abiding citizens are being treated as potential terrorists, only to be shot down because the airline flies…
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:57pm