1. Now, from my deep and thorough political research (that is, watching ‘Team America: World Police’). I’m aware that Kim Jong-Il is a decidedly odd fish, and not really the sort of chap that one wants to have access to nuclear capability. However, given that Iraq is so obviously the new Vietnam, does it really show any sense of learning from history for the USA to be making noises about military action in Korea ?

2. I’ve been quite enjoying ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’ on BBC2. One of the refreshing things is that it’s a show which has different sketches each week, and fewer recurring characters than is currently popular. Shows like Little Britain, Catherine Tate, and Swinging tend to remind me of the oriental proverb that one should ‘be wary of the artisan who claims to have twenty years experience – he may simply have one year of experience, twenty times over’. In the same way, these catchphrase-based shows feel like one 30-minute programme rehashed six times.

3. It’s not too late to donate/sponsor for my recent weekend of torturing my feet – you can see the glass walk picture on my previous blog entry at http://johnsoanes.blogspot.com/2006/10/bottle-and-glass-as-we-say-in-london.html, and the timings for the 10 mile run are at http://www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk/wimbledon%2010%202006.htm (I’m very low down at 119th, but in my defence I got held up on the tube and ended up starting 15 mins or so after everyone else). Impressed by it all ? Great, grab a credit or debit card and get thee to http://www.justgiving.com/agonyofde-feet – and thanks.

4. There’s a Prince song (‘New Power Generation’, if memory serves), which features a line to the effect of ‘I hope they bury your old ideas/The same time they bury you’). Over the weekend, a good friend of mine told me that my secondary school (http://silverdaleschool.org.uk/) is to be knocked down and rebuilt, and in relation to that I would heartily echo the purple man’s words. Some people might want to go back and say farewell to the place, but for my part I’d cheerfully volunteer to drive one of the bulldozers. But I’m not entirely unsentimental about it; I’d make sure they got the kids out first.

5. Am I the only one who thinks that people are currently a tad too ready to resort to threats of violence when someone says something they don’t like or disagree with? People of various religious shades seem all too ready to threaten (or worse, carry out) violent acts, often when someone’s done something like …er, suggest that their religious advocates violence or intolerance. The irony is almost overwhelming, but that seems to be missed. I can only hope that atheists don’t decide to take offence in a similarly touchy fashion, and start burning down all places of worship, or picketing religious events. Though atheists don’t tend to do that sort of thing, do they? Probably for the best.

6. On occasion, I wonder if the Krankies’ stage act is just a bedroom game which got horribly out of hand.

7. In London, there are currently two free evening newspapers, and the distributors positively clog the pavements. One of them, the recently renamed London Lite, is owned by the folks who own the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail, and the newcomer, the no-capitals-no-spacedly-named thelondonpaper is, I think, owned by News International. It’s quite a heated thing, I gather, though given that the papers are free (and, like the Metro in the morning, essentially padding and piffle), I think they’d be daft to think that commuters are in any way going to develop any sort of loyalty to either title. However, since the ‘circulation war’ will have a loser, and it’ll either be Associated Newspapers or News International, I like to think that whoever loses, the world at large wins in a way.