The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Sunday, 21st August 2016

The characters from The Office discuss the possibility of a second EU referendum:

The Second Referendum

Friday, 19th August 2016

Rule 159 of the Highway Code tells drivers that

Before moving off you should

  • use all mirrors to check the road is clear
  • look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors)
  • signal if necessary before moving out
  • look round for a final check.

Move off only when it is safe to do so.

Like Eric Morecambe, many drivers in London do all the right things, but not necessarily in the right order.

Monday, 25th July 2016

When Corbyn’s supporters say that they believe he can lead Labour to a general election victory because ‘Politics is the art of the possible’, they use possible in its strictly philosophical sense: ‘Logically conceivable; having the property, whether or not it actually exists, of not being excluded from existence by being logically contradictory or against reason’ (OED).

Thursday, 21st July 2016

Leaked list of rejected titles for the new Bourne film:

  • Bourne-Again
  • Bourne and Bred
  • Firstbourne
  • Fifthbourne
  • High-Bourne
  • Low-Bourne
  • Well-Bourne
  • Stillbourne
  • Unbourne
  • Bourne with a Silver Spoon in His Mouth
  • Bourne Under a Lucky Star
  • To the Manner Bourne

Saturday, 9th July 2016

The BBC has a new policy for referring to a recently rebranded train operating company. Tony Hall, the director-general, explains:

The BBC takes a common-sense view when deciding how to describe organisations: we take our cue from the organisation’s description of itself. We have recognised that, used on its own, the name ‘Great Western Railway’ could suggest that FirstGroup’s GWR is as ‘great’ as Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s was, and such an interpretation is misleading. So we have caveated the name ‘Great Western Railway’ with words which qualify it, e.g. ‘so-called Great Western Railway’ or ‘the group calling itself Great Western Railway’.


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