Passing Observations 119

This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.

  1. Helpful tip for the day: If lighting a fire or a bonfire use the Daily Telegraph. It is the most inflammatory newspaper I know.
  2. Britain’s highest paid GP earned over £700,000 last year. And yet GPs constantly complain that they are underpaid. The BMA (their trade union) wants a 30% pay rise. That would give the highest paid GP an income just under £1,000,000 a year.
  3. Sad to see how many people are still using YouTube and the Google search engine. Ban them from your lives. These are parts of the evil conspiracy leading the world towards the Great Reset. There are other, much better, video platforms and other, much better, search engines.
  4. A dear friend of mine is on the claret and chocolate diet. He says it won’t help him lose weight but he doesn’t care. I think it’ll make a hugely bestselling book.
  5. The TV series called Succession was the most over-rated rubbish I’ve ever seen.
  6. I always vote against everything on principle. Whenever I am entitled to cast a vote (whether as a shareholder or a club member) I vote against everything the directors or committee recommend. Supporting those questioning authority is the only way to keep the high and mighty on their best behaviour.
  7. Is there an advertiser in the UK who does not now use black male models and blonde female models together? It is becoming a bizarre form of positive discrimination in favour of mixed marriages. But the mix never includes a white male and a black female.
  8. Eradicating white males of mature years from all show business (and even politics) now seems a major part of the Great Reset.
  9. I’ve never heard Roy Chubby Brown perform and I suspect he wouldn’t be my cup of tea. But it is outrageous that he should be banned and that people should be prevented from listening to him just because sanctimonious, puritanical, ban-happy fun-killers disapprove of his act and want to stop him working and audiences listening. As someone who has been widely banned for expressing the truth, I am well aware that bans of any kind are a step towards a totalitarian government.
  10. We once again had to wait two weeks to receive Antoinette’s essential cancer medicine. The pharmacist informed us that it took a GP three or four days to sign the required prescription. Unforgiveable. By the time the prescription was available I had torn out most of the little hair I had been left with. It seems to me that doctors are unaware that delays of this kind massively increase the amount of stress that patients suffer. Still, if the medical profession is in on the plan to get rid of seven billion of us then I suppose that is what they would do, isn’t it?
  11. Dentists are retiring early too because of the red tape. Dentists work all day pulling and filling teeth and then routinely have to work another two or three hours filling in forms to satisfy the bureaucrats.
  12. Why aren’t more drugs made as suppositories? They are much safer. And why aren’t more drugs offered to be taken sublingually? They’re fast and effective. Drug companies are woefully unimaginative and stuck in their ways. If they don’t see an immediate financial return they aren’t interested.
  13. Much education is merely a carapace to cloak and disguise the weaknesses of the human within.
  14. A friend of ours grew a small orange tree from a pip. He put the small tree (about eighteen inches high) into his conservatory. He now calls the conservatory an orangery.
  15. Greta Garbo stayed private and lived secretly in New York for decades. One day, standing at the kerb waiting for a taxi, she was approached by a photographer. ‘May I take some photos of you, Miss Garbo?’ he asked politely. ‘How did you recognise me?’ she asked. ‘The cheekbones,’ the photographer replied.
  16. All good writing offends someone.
  17. Is it remotely possible that the leader of the Labour Party was found ‘not guilty’ of breaking lockdown rules’ because he and his colleagues were drinking beer and eating curry and not drinking wine and eating Marks and Spencer sandwiches? Just asking a question.
  18. The rant is an unheralded art form. It should be recognised as such, alongside poetry and sculpture. Either that or it should be introduced as an Olympic sporting event alongside pole vaulting and synchronised swimming.
  19. Many years ago I sat in a TV studio debating (or arguing) with a member of the medical establishment. I had just published a book criticising the medical establishment for its close relationship with the drugs industry. ‘You should write jolly books like this!’ the man told me, producing a copy of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ by Edward Vernon from his bag. I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was a book I’d written under another name.
  20. ‘The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It’s nothing of the kind. The game is about glory. It is about doing things in style, with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.’ – Danny Blanchflower, writing about football.

Vernon Coleman’s book Covid-19: The Greatest Hoax in History was banned four times. But it is now available as a paperback and an eBook.