Men in Sepia

When larger than life Oscar winner Orson Welles was asked why there had been a self-destructive theme running through his career, he replied that he was like the scorpion who begged the frog to carry him across the river on his back. When the frog hesitated, fearing that the scorpion would bite him, the scorpion…

I did it their way

Less than a month after my rare downing of a beer in an English pub, I was at it again – this time in New York. Served an ice-cold bottle of lager, I looked around furtively for the glass. Then I remembered:  John Wayne didn’t do glasses.  Swigging from the bottle – a practice I…

Beating about the Bush tax cuts

I believe it was  John the Baptist  who coined the  phrase, "In the beginning  was the Word". Whatever your creed, words have definitely had a pretty serious effect on the world from time immemorial. For me, the mere mention of the word "War", in all its mono-syllabic, animal-like simplicity, is enough to strike fear into my…

The Greatest Show on Earth?

Laurence Spiegel was my first political hero. Never heard of him? Don't worry - nor had Google the last time I checked. The one and only time I worked on the campaign team for a British General Election it was for Laurence Spiegel . That was an important election for two reasons: despite polls showing a clear advantage…

Season of goodwill at the IRS ?

“And to you taxpayers out there, let me say this: Make sure you file your tax return on time! And remember that, even though income taxes can be a ‘pain in the neck,’ the folks at the IRS are regular people just like you, except that they can destroy your life". Thus wrote American humorist…