The New Black

Is Islam the new Christianity? Tablets the new iPhones? Cauliflower the new rice? The above are debatable, depending on your age, locality, and culture. One unarguable fact though is that Black is the new Black. Only more so. Unbelievable but true is that black was seldom worn before the 80s: as a student in the […]

There’s One Born Every Minute

With remarkable prescience, considering he was born in 1810, 19th Century American showman P.T. Barnum had this to say about me: “There’s a sucker born every minute”.  Well okay, maybe it wasn’t about me exactly, but certainly about people like me. I am a dream-come-true to salesmen – especially those flogging anti-wrinkle creams, diet books, […]

Cleansing Climax

Terms like Autism, Asperger’s [or is it Assburger’s?] OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, ‘on the spectrum’ and a whole host of others are all the rage now. You’re no-one unless you suffer from asthma, dyslexia, or at least migraines. The point being my weird bathroom fetish is fashionably freaky. Right?  Or so I tell myself. However, this […]

Washroom Wonderings

Years ago Dame Edna Everage [aka Barry Humphries] had a semi-reality show called Dame Edna’s Neighbourhood watch in which she would sneak into houses, albeit by invitation, and assess the hou… Source: Washroom Wonderings

Washroom Wonderings

Years ago Dame Edna Everage [aka Barry Humphries] had a semi-reality show called Dame Edna’s Neighbourhood watch in which she would sneak into houses, albeit by invitation, and assess the housekeeping skills of the various victims. Home owners, I mean. Bathrooms and lavatories were treated to a ruthless scrutiny and the audience squirmed in delighted […]

I May Never Go Home Anymore

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1957 masterpiece Witness for the Prosecution, Marlene Dietrich husks out the song I May Never Go Home Anymore- she couldn’t sing for toffee but she could certainly deliver in an inimitably sexy style. It was a superb film, based on an Agatha Christie play, and it’s surprising that unlike her 1939 variant […]

Gone and Largely Forgotten

Once upon a time empty glass milk bottles were left on the doorstep and magically replaced with full ones by the milk man – who also, depending on your supplier, delivered yogurt and fresh orange juice. The rubbish men came on Tuesday to an accompaniment of barking dog and piercing whistles: they entered, grabbed the […]