Author Archives: Fles

About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.

Curfew Call

It seems that an awful lot of people are getting their knickers in a twist because the Green Party’s Baroness Jones made a call for a 6pm curfew to be enforced upon men in the wake of the death of … Continue reading

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Off My Trolley?

Usually, when I walk to the railway station of a morning on my way to work, I cut through the back alleys – it makes the walk a little more interesting and I get to become more familiar with the … Continue reading

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US Food Standards – the new Surrender Bill?

As the second round of US-UK trade talks is now underway, I pray that prime minister Boris Johnson isn’t considering lowering our food and animal welfare standards to those of the United States. We were sold Brexit as enabling Britain … Continue reading

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Language: common usage complaints

There are a great many misuses of language which are becoming increasingly common of late and they need to be corrected. “Oh, but everybody does that!” Perhaps, but just because lots of people believe the same wrong thing, doesn’t make … Continue reading

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Incitement of Violence?

I must say, I am pleased that the police decided to take no action against Jo Brand over her quip, with regard to people dousing Nigel Farage, “Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?” which … Continue reading

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Advertisement Not ‘Fit’ For Purpose

Advertisement Not ‘Fit’ For Purpose I wrote this in 2014 but it seems I never got around to posting it. At the time, Honda had run into trouble with the advertising campaign for its new car, the Fit. In a … Continue reading

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Being British

I’ve never been one for patriotism or national pride, because it strikes me that nationality is really just an accident of birth (and birth itself is more often an accident than most people would probably care to admit – even … Continue reading

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The First Cut

As recent news stories have highlighted, female genital mutilation is a disturbingly common evil which needs to be eradicated as a matter of urgency. It is, quite simply, a heinous abuse committed by those entrusted with a child’s care and … Continue reading

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News Review – a cockeyed look at the week that was

Blowhard Boris At the start of the week Boris Johnson tweeted “Crumbling Corbyn betrays Leave voters”. What Boris seemingly fails to understand is that our political representatives are tasked with looking after the interests of our nation and its citizens … Continue reading

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Children in Headscarves

Fatima Laiba Aftab wrote a most eloquent and persuasive letter in the Evening Standard recently defending girls’ freedom to wear the hijab: Girls should be free to wear the hijab  I AM 10 and go to a primary school in … Continue reading

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