Halloween…the least scary day of the year

31 10 2014


Halloween is here. Again.

Having spent most of my formative years in England, I was lucky enough to miss out on the joy of dressing up in a costume and being forced to harass strangers for chocolate on a designated day.

This also meant that I wasn’t able to fully appreciate just how important it is to keep your door closed in the week leading up to the big night on October 31, and while the practice of parent-approved begging/extortion has now become popular in the UK, it has a long way to go before it reaches the insanity levels of the USA.

With that in mind, I don’t want to be a killjoy on a day when dressing up and terrifying people is widely accepted, so here are some scary thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »


Hallmark Card Day #1: The Annual Love Celebration.

14 02 2011

Today is Valentines Day.

A huge day in the calendar for men and women, boys and girls, lovers of romance, florists and Hallmark.

Wikipedia describes it as “an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions“.

I describe it as another chance for greeting card companies, stuffed animal producers, chocolatiers and global florists to start the first quarter of the financial year in the black. Across the world, restaurants will be waiting for swarms of lovebirds to enter their establishments and sit gazing “lovingly” at each other over a set menu with a glass of warm champagne.

I will not be joining them. I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Easter: The Truth is Out There

4 04 2010

And Easter here again, a time for the blind to see
Easter, surely now can all of your hearts be free

Taken from the song ‘Easter’ by Marillion

This is the bit of the Bible that often gets overlooked at this time of year, mainly because the powers that be are fearful of us knowing the truth. Or at the very least because nobody buys them any gifts.


Following the execution of Jesus Christ on the Friday there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, mainly from the disciples who hadn’t been devious enough to turn him in for money. Read the rest of this entry »