Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Out of character

Reading a Wikipedia article on Diner Slang, I am assured that terms such as this are unknown outside the US. Sorry, but we know the difference between sunny side up and over easy. In fact it's so ingrained into our culture that Wings' final LP 'Back to the Egg' had both sides of a fried egg on its label, one side sunny side up and the other side over easy.

Monday, 21 April 2014

When Easter Bunnies get bored...

Incidentally, Lindt have started accessorising their chocolate bunnies with chocolate carrots - though at first glance I thought they were umbrellas...

Friday, 18 April 2014

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


BHS is British Home Stores, a chain of departments stores with not very many departments. Once upon a time it sold food and I used to be fascinated by its cheese department, which would slice exactly however much cheddar you wanted from huge rounds of cheese using a cheesewire. Nowadays it concentrates on clothing, lighting and 'home accents', and it's food heritage is reduced to a cafe upstairs and a sandwich bar downstairs. And every Christmas, if you got one of those pointless gifts that says someone thought of you but had no idea what to get you, you can be sure they bought it at BHS.

Monday, 14 April 2014


Written in New Mexico during an afternoon where Linda's mum was watching the Game Show Network, a TV station I find strangely compelling because it shows mirror universe versions of shows I already know from UK TV. Who was that presenter of Family Feud in the 1970s, and was he actually as creepy as he seems? Does it seem strange to you that there are 25 actresses in LA who's only job is to stand behind a numbered box? On The Chase, how did an affable chubby man from Devon come to be called 'the Beast'? 

Make up your own questions to these answers. Obviously, the third one is a Jeopardy answer in the style of a question (Jeopardy never made it over here) and the last answer is a small area adjacent to the City of London where the city police had no authority, and which inspired Madness' highly recommended comeback album.

The still on the telly is of Pointless, my fave quiz show of the moment.

Friday, 11 April 2014


...along with about £1.27 in change, the TV remote, car keys, several tissues, three custard creams, a pair of scissors, several orphaned socks and Lord Lucan.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


To an extent this series of strips was inspired by my noticing that the number of cushions on our sofa was multiplying, and that I was never comfortable on the sofa until I had discarded every one of them. Besides, they're scatter cushions - so that's what you're supposed to do with them.