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Damien on… Sean Spicer

April 17, 2017

What an utter tool. The irony is that when he stated that even Hitler had never stooped to using chemical weapons – and a reporter reminded him about the HOLOCAUST – he COULD have gotten out of the mess by QUALIFYING his statement. Had he been better informed and more eloquent, he could have pointed out that […]

Damien on… Going Out For An American

April 12, 2017

The other day, I was passing a certain popular fast-food outlet, which had a life-size plastic clown seated on a bench outside. Quickly, while no-one was watching, I got my wife to sit down and pose next to it. With her head and hands in a certain position, it looked like he had good reason to […]

Damien on… The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

March 29, 2017

It used to be said that only Rolls-Royce could boast that over half the cars they had ever produced were still in existence. This was in the days when your chauffeur (one never drove one’s own Rolls-Royce) had to place his jacket over the radiator grill if it Ceased To Proceed (Rolls-Royces never broke down). Then he […]

Damien on… Who You Gonna Blame?

March 19, 2017

Who is responsible for the fact that Britain and America are currently circling the drain? Well, since Leggy May is about to deliver Britain’s SUICIDE NOTE to Europe – and Donald Trump has achieved more bad in less than two months than Barry Obama achieved good in EIGHT YEARS – the answer would seem to […]

Damien on… “May You Live In Interesting Times”

March 12, 2017

…is said (erroneously) to be an ancient Chinese curse. But for two of America’s Late Night chat-show hosts, the current interesting times have proven to be a major BOON. I am speaking of Mssrs. Colbert and Meyers. A peculiar thing about American Late Night is its scheduling. While FIVE chat-shows a night is clearly overkill […]

Damien on… Women And Animals

March 7, 2017

Most people think “Disneyfied” animals – ones that TALK – are fantasies for children. Not so. All animals HAVE the power of speech. They simply choose to HIDE it from us. This is so they don’t have to listen to our complaining. If we knew they can understand us, think what a PAIN it would be for […]

Damien on… School Reunions

February 21, 2017

I would have to travel half-way around the planet to attend one – so it ain’t going to happen. But I offer the following ploy to anyone who can USE it… First, you hire an actress (or an escort, if you’re not that rich). For the gag to work, she will need to be good-looking and SMART. […]

Damien on… Thailand Takes The P*ss

February 11, 2017

There are too many examples of words in the Thai language that are SILLY in English, for it to be a coincidence: porn, pee-pee, prik, poo, Phuket – and that’s just the ‘P’s. Plus, let us not forget the one EVERYONE knows – Bangkok. But it doesn’t stop there. One of the largest chains of megastores in […]

Damien on… “…Make You Laugh Out Loud”

February 2, 2017

“…Make You Laugh Out Loud” is an “INVISIBLE” TV SERIES. At least, its absence from both Wiki and IMDb would suggest so. Even the company (Britain’s Channel Five – the Brexit of TV channels) who apparently finance it are loath to show details of anything but a few random episodes on their website. Indeed, that […]

Damien on… Leggy May: You Go, Girl!

January 28, 2017

I understand Leggy is currently having a summit with Trump. Well, she needs to give him ANYTHING he wants (yes, including one of THOSE). The reason being, right now – Trump needs friends (as does Leggy). The Latin countries hate him (wall, etc.) China hates him (Taiwan). And for obvious reasons, he does not WANT to get too chummy […]

Damien on… Antitheism: An Afterthought

January 15, 2017

Down this column (about a year ago) I wrote a long piece on this subject (and, re-reading my reply to a comment; BOY, was I right about 2016!) You can find it at… Anyhoo, thinking more about it, I realised that some might accuse me of bias, declaring that religion itself is BENIGN, and cannot be blamed […]

Damien on… It ENDS.

January 3, 2017

Well folks, there were only TWO famous(ish) dead celebs during the last cuppla days of the HELLISH year of 2016 – William Christopher (Father Mulcahy, from M*A*S*H) and Cyril deGrasse Tyson (Neil’s Dad). And three days into 2017 – no MORE. So let us all hope they END the run…

Damien on… 2016: The Year Of Trump, Brexit – And DEAD CELEBS

December 28, 2016

At least, if you are BRITISH. At the beginning of this year, there was a two-month period when we lost David Bowie, Keith Emerson, Paul Daniels, Alan Rickman, Lemmie from Motorhead, Sylvia Anderson, Sir Terry Wogan, Ken Adam, Cliff Michelmore, Ed Stewart, Sir George Martin, Douglas Slocombe, Alan Haven and Norman Hudis. And during the same period, […]

Damien on… The Spirit Of Christmas

December 23, 2016

…should be drunk SLOWLY…

Damien on… The Donald And Tsai

December 16, 2016

The Trumpster is in it again. Having accepted a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s President (she’s sixty – but at least a six) he has unwittingly (?) caused an almighty flap in Washington. The reason being that for decades, in order to maintain relations with China, America has played that country’s game of considering the former Formosa (named after […]

Damien on… Being Specific

December 1, 2016

So there was this bloke who lived alone – next door to two lesbians. One day, they popped around to ask if he could fix their washing machine, as it had just sprung a leak and flooded their kitchen. Being handy, he agreed to give it a try – and after a couple of hours of heaving […]

Damien on… Trump And Political Correctness

November 21, 2016

Elsewhere in these observations, I have mused on how the success of Donald Trump – like the “Brexit” Leave Campaign – was largely down to the proles’ fear of foreign terrorism. But I accepted that in both cases, there were other factors. And in the case of Trump – PC was certainly one of them. Before the […]

Damien on… 2016 – What The HELL Happened?

November 17, 2016

It is customary to analyse a year just after it has FINISHED – and this one still has seven weeks to go. However, now the dust APPEARS to have (hopefully) settled, your humble scribe (always ahead of the curve) has decided to get his two penn’orth in FIRST. The year began with a miserable two-month period […]

Damien on… Nigel Farage – Britain’s New Envoy To America?

November 11, 2016

This proposition sprang from Nigel’s recent fawning exercises at Trump’s rallies. Not surprisingly, the suggestion has been met with DERISION by both Farage – who has refused to involve himself with Britain’s ruling Conservative party – and the British government, who have declared the (on and off) UKIP leader to be an “irrelevance”. However, something FAR FROM irrelevant is the fact […]

Damien on… I CALLED IT!!!

November 10, 2016

…as 2016 President-Elect Donald Trump (I can’t believe I just typed that) would undoubtedly say. A week ago, in this very column, I typed the following – And according to the then-latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, his “invisibles” have numbered EXACTLY my predicted six percent! We have CLUELESS POLLSTERS – and foreign terrorism – to thank for […]

Damien on… The Reason TRUMP WILL WIN!!!

November 4, 2016

…is that, as House MD opined – people LIE. They lie to their enemies, their friends – even themselves. And they have NO qualms about lying to POLLSTERS – as was recently demonstrated, during the Brexit fiasco. The thing is, no-one wants to appear racist, petty or greedy – even to a complete stranger they will […]

Damien on… Bob “Dylan”

October 22, 2016

I see the tedious Zimmerman has slighted the Nobel committee, who were dumb enough to award him their prize for Literature. I have no idea why, but would LIKE to think it was IN PROTEST at them giving the Peace Prize to President Barry Obama before he had really DONE anything – and President Woody Wilson after […]

Damien on… No-one Ever Dies On “The Blacklist”

October 2, 2016

…at least, none of… …hey look, you should only read this if you like The Blacklist AND are up to date with the American transmissions of same – okay? If not, naff off. So where was I? Oh yes, PLENTY of people get killed in this series – but the ones we LIKE always come BACK. This […]

Damien on… The Great British Pension Rip-Off: UPDATE!

September 24, 2016

I wrote the following a YEAR ago – BEFORE Brexit… This ex-pat British writer is lucky enough to have been born some eighteen months AFTER the date he will qualify for the new Flat Rate UK Pension – and about three years BEFORE the date when that qualification will be increased to 66. But that ends the […]

Damien on… Mortarboards

September 13, 2016

The Square Academic Cap. Usually worn with a gown. Both black. When I was a kid in Sixties England, high-school teachers still wore these. They were considered to be like the wigs and gowns worn by the legal profession; affording credibility to the wearer. However, as the decade wore on, their usage died out. But then, […]

Damien on… Mensa

September 8, 2016

How about this as a motto for Mensa? “CINGENTIBUS YDIOTARUM” (It means “I’m surrounded by idiots”)

Damien on… The Thai Coca-Cola Competition Prize – A “Red Dwarf” Fridge???

August 21, 2016

[UPDATE!] Actually, no – I belatedly looked it up. It turns out that “smeg” – the all-purpose profanity used on “Red Dwarf” (derived from “smegma” which means… YOU can look THAT up) – has no less than FIVE ACRONYMIC applications, one of which is Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla (which translates as the Emiliane metallurgical enamel works […]

Damien on… The Olympics

August 16, 2016

It’s sport.

Damien on… Edsel Ford

July 24, 2016

Henry Ford must have really HATED his son. Firstly, the old bugger named him EDSEL. Does NO-ONE remember their childhood? You do NOT call a kid something that will get them BEATEN at school. Berk. Of course, if the boy had any gumption, he would have told everyone his name was ED. Then if pressed, he […]

Damien on… Double Standards

July 12, 2016

If two girls are dancing together, they attract guys – but if two GUYS…

Damien on… The Conservatives Versus The Republicans: One-Nil

July 5, 2016

Right now, America’s Republican Party must be feeling even sicker than Boris Johnson. Because in Britain, the Tories managed to get rid of Bozo in just a couple of DAYS – something which the GOP has FAILED to do to The Donald in over a YEAR! And that sick feeling HAS to be compounded by the fact […]

Damien on… “The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer” (1970)

July 1, 2016

Satirical comedy. A PR puke rises through Britain’s political system to become its virtual dictator. Much has been written and said about this film; it was devised (and ultimately funded) by David Frost – initially scripted by John Cleese and Graham Chapman (who wrote much of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”) – and starred Peter Cook, who added much to […]

Damien on… The Washington Redskins

June 21, 2016

Much controversy has been generated by the Redskins’ logo. Many Native Americans find it offensive. Here it is… Okay, so how about this British person with NO interest in British, let alone American sports, laying the matter to rest? Here is MY suggestion for a new Redskins logo… You’re welcome.

Damien on… Full Employment

June 2, 2016

The two words “job creation” are now part of every political stump speech, but the two words you will NEVER hear from a politician are “full employment” – WHY? Buckle up… To illustrate the answer, we need to invent a small town. Let us call it Anytown. It has 1,000 jobs and 990 workers, meaning when a […]

Damien on… President Trump

May 16, 2016

If Trump actually ends up as POTUS 45 – WHATEVER he does, at least he will never have to worry about becoming known as The Worst President America Ever Had. That position is already irrevocably FILLED. By one George Wan… sorry, WaLker Bush.

Damien on… The Meaning Of Dreams

May 9, 2016

…There isn’t any. I thank you. Oh – you want more? Okay. For centuries, psychiatrists and other quacks have made fortunes convincing people that interpretation of dreams can reveal important facts about their inner psyches. All of which is bogus. When we sleep, our higher brain – the “conscious” – shuts down, allowing our lower […]

Damien on… Bill Cosby

April 15, 2016

These days, Bill is in the news a LOT. But while I occasionally glance through what has been said, I find ZILCH about something that is CENTRAL to the issue – the way things WERE during the times his “offences” took place. Of course, there are those who would say that wrongdoing is wrong, no matter WHEN it was […]

Damien on… Ennio Morricone

April 5, 2016

This KINDA follows on from the end of the piece on Pop and Dance… … which bemoans the lack of MELODY in today’s music. So where does Morricone figure in this? Read on, reader… You are probably familiar with Ennio Morricone as that guy who wrote the scores for those “spaghetti westerns” in the Sixties, right? But […]

Damien on… The Grim Reaper

March 18, 2016

It began with David Bowie – then, in ten weeks, it has included Keith Emerson, Paul Daniels, ​Alan Rickman, Lemmie, Sylvia Anderson, Terry Wogan, Ken Adam, Cliff Michelmore, Ed Stewart, Frank Sinatra Jr., Sir George Martin, Tom Mullica, Douglas Slocombe and Alan Haven. In TEN WEEKS! Now I’m OLD, is it going to be like this CONTINUOUSLY??

Damien on… Evolution

March 10, 2016

Evolution was invented over a hundred years ago, by Charles Dance. He noted that some horses had grown tall, so they could reach the berries in tall trees. This meant they got healthier – and they passed their jeans on to their young. They were called Giraffes. Humans have done this as well. Supermarkets were first […]

Damien on… Mickey Mouse For President

February 26, 2016

Since almost ANY American can run for POTUS, the ballot forms have to have a “write name in” panel at the bottom of the list of “serious” candidates. This is called Democracy. Thus inevitably, Mickey Mouse, Alfred E. Neumann, Howard Stern and other sillies collect significant numbers of votes in every election. This too is called Democracy. However, the democratic process […]

Damien on… Education

February 9, 2016

When your son asks you why he needs an education – show him this picture… When your daughter asks you why she needs an education – show her this picture…

Damien on… One For Numerophiles

February 5, 2016

Incredibly, numerophile is not a recognised word, even though its antonym – numerophobe – IS (although you’ll be hard-stretched to find it in a dictionary). So its journey to recognition begins HERE… Back in 2009, I purchased a nice digital clock (I even bought a second, to replace it when it conked out – which so far, […]

Damien on… Racism And Recordable DVDs

January 16, 2016

I recall a TV show where a young person was talking with an elderly person and then they said something which assumed the elder was a racist. At which point, said elder stopped them and said, “Now hang on, you’re assuming because I’m old I must be a racist – that makes YOU an AGEIST.” It […]

Damien on… World War Three

January 2, 2016

Ask any British school-child (who has been paying attention) when World Wars One and Two began and ended and they will say 1914-18 and 1939-45. But put the same question to an American kid and you will get 1916-18 and 1941-45. And in Spain, China or Japan – yet more alternative start dates. While Peninsula Malaysia and […]

Damien on… Meteor “Showers”

December 17, 2015

Is it not time this astronomical LIE was exposed? A typical “shower” consists of about one every FIFTEEN SECONDS. If I stood under my shower and received one drip of water every quarter of a minute – I would NOT consider it to be a SHOWER! True, if you mount a camera on a tripod, then set it […]

Damien on… Antitheism

December 10, 2015

When I was nine years old, I had an epiphany; I realised that Santa Claus, fairies, goblins and God were man-made MYTHS. And in the fifty-four years since, I have seen nothing to dispossess me of that realisation. However, while atheism is perfectly acceptable amongst thinking people today, half a century ago, you were looked […]

Damien on… The History Of Pop And Dance

November 27, 2015

…Began, as we know it today, around 1920. It emerged at the beginning of “The Jazz Age”. But although the term “Dance Music” was coined early on, the term “Pop” (short for popular) had to wait until the Fifties. In 1920, the New Sound was called – Syncopated Music. This quickly sub-divided itself into what is now called […]

Damien on… Area 51

November 6, 2015

Like everyone else, I have seen those documentaries where guys try to approach this legendary place and get warned off by heavily armed militia, then show planes taking off from Las Vegas with blacked-out windows – and get told by officials that there is no such PLACE as Area 51. Plus the base’s borders have been pushed back […]

Damien on… America: Land Of The… Free?

October 31, 2015

Elsewhere in these columns I have remarked upon how in England you can freely make love with a sixteen-year-old, have sex with a prostitute and do many other things that Stateside, would result in your incarceration (hell, UK girls may even overlook Americans’ lack of chest-hair and foreskin). And do not even get me STARTED on the issue […]

Damien on… New Rhyming Slang

October 7, 2015

Bag For Life = wife I’ll add more as they occur to me…

Damien on… Bernie Sanders

September 25, 2015

So I am NOT the only Liberal Socialist in the World – it turns out Bernie “Feel The Bern” Sanders is one too. However, I suspect his chances of becoming POTUS 2016 are about as good as MINE (I was born in England). I mean, current incumbent Barry Obama is a LONG way to the […]

Damien on… President Trump – Could It Actually HAPPEN?

September 14, 2015

I’ll let you into a secret; a small part of me (a very DARK part) hopes it DOES. It would probably COST me, but it would almost be WORTH it – for the ENTERTAINMENT value! And as for America; well, they say a country gets the police and government it deserves – and given the […]

Damien on… The NRA – Yet Another Fail

August 28, 2015

So a “disgruntled” local news reporter falls out with two of his former colleagues – a cameraman and a female reporter. Now if this had happened anywhere else, the guy (who was at best short-tempered and more likely, totally psychotic) might have ventilated the guy’s car-tyres and posted the woman something brown, smelly and unpleasant. But no, this happened in […]

Damien on… Road Rage And Work-Related Stress Nervous Breakdowns – A Correlation?

August 16, 2015

Road Rage is generally thought to be committed by people with issues – damaged people – you know – arseholes. And this is probably largely true. However, there is another phenomenon which may be at least PARTIALLY responsible – work-related stress nervous breakdowns. WAY down this column is a piece on the subject ( in which […]

Damien on… Jules O’Dwyer

July 30, 2015

I hear over eight hundred people complained to Ofcom about Jules O’Dwyer using a “ringer” (a similar-looking pooch to Matisse) in the “Britain’s Got Talent” Final. These people need to GET A LIFE! The contestant was JULES – it was SHE that was being voted for, not her dogs. She is a BRILLIANT animal trainer […]

Damien on… Donald Trump Vs John McCain

July 21, 2015

I cannot believe I am saying this – but Trump is RIGHT. He was almost always right when deciding who to fire, on his TV show – and he is right about McCain. A “war hero” is the guy who crawls across a mine-field to rescue a fallen comrade – or single-handedly captures a machine-gun […]

Damien on… “Top Gear” – R.I.P.

July 1, 2015

So there it was. Auntie had announced that following the removal of her errant nephew, she would screen the material made for the last three eps of Season 22 as a special – WITHOUT him. This reporter pointed out that removing Jeremy from the footage would be like trying to excise the bride from a […]

Damien on… The Age Of Consent

June 22, 2015

People say Americans don’t understand IRONY. And yet America is the country that invented the Cheerleader. But it is also the ONLY country in the World where in most states, it is ILLEGAL to BONK one. Now if THAT isn’t ironic…

Damien on… Dave Grohl

June 13, 2015

I understand that yesterday, the Foo Fighters’ front-man fell off stage in Sweden and broke a leg. After having it splinted and bound, he went back out and FINISHED THE GIG. DAMN, the man has bigger ones than me – if I had broken a TOE, I would still be in hospital!

Damien on… “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”

June 1, 2015

Two days ago, I heard this nauseating song covered on BGT and was reminded of how far we have come since My Day – ALL DOWN. This Anthem To Abstinence was written at the height of the AIDS scare and sung by a guy called Germaine who called himself an R&B artist (apparently, he had never […]

Damien on… “Designer Stubble”

May 20, 2015

For five minutes in the Eighties, this phenomenon was “trendy”. However, in the Twenty-Teens, there are only two excuses for a man to sport it; one: he is in the transitional stage of growing a beard (in which case, he should AVOID public gaze as far as possible – like a man who recently got a nose job and now […]

Damien on… A CENTURY Of The British Party

May 7, 2015

Like a battered wife whose abusive husband has promised yet again to behave himself, the British public returns to the Polls today. But where they put their little crosses (or ticks – which are normally discounted) will matter little. The current general election ALMOST marks (just ten days shy) the CENTENARY of what I like to […]

Damien on… Tales Of Big Chief Screaming Eagle

April 24, 2015

On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, Big Chief Screaming Eagle is being interviewed by a young reporter from the local newspaper. They are sitting by a tent on the edge of the reservation, smoking an unspecified substance. Suddenly the old Native American stiffens and stands, looking far into the distance. “The Thunderbird approaches,” he says. “You mean the legendary bird that presages […]

Damien on… “The Expendables 3”

April 7, 2015

The latest episode in this saga has had its critics; the old trick of making an actioner fit the PG13 mould – and concentrating on young actors (everyone wants to watch the sexagenarian guys still kicking ass and taking names) – plus its containing less humour than the previous two outings – did not endear it to critics or […]

Damien on… The TRUTH About Jeremy Clarkson’s “Fracas”

March 26, 2015

It is a sad indictment on modern British society that this storm in a teacup was ALLOWED to expand into the PR sh*tstorm it became – eventually toppling the monster that was Top Gear. And whose fault was it? Not Jeremy’s. He is just a big nob-head who had been doing Top Gear for too long – twenty-seven years. […]

Damien on… Harrison Ford’s Prang

March 7, 2015

I notice one of the spokesmen said he was the “solo” occupant of the plane. He should have said “sole” – but maybe he was trying to make a joke – which would have worked better if he had just said Harry was flying solo. He should leave the jokes to me – like, I […]

Damien on… Circumcision

March 2, 2015

Circumcision is the genital mutilation of helpless babies by evil and/or ignorant people. The reasons this barbaric act is permitted in our modern World are many. Let us examine them… First, the Jewish nation. According to legend, a bloke called Abe was chatting to God one day, when the Almighty asked him for a favour. […]

Damien on… “The Biggest TV Event Of The Year”

February 22, 2015

While TV companies have long used this phrase just to trumpet their latest blockbuster show – THIS time, it is no exaggeration. In Asia, the RTL/CBS network are currently using it to describe the “Watchathon” (their word – they mean marathon) of season three of “House Of Cards” next Saturday (the 28th of February, 2015). Because what this […]

Damien on… E-Cigs, Vaping And Hong Kong

February 7, 2015

Earlier in these columns, this writer has banged on a lot about the issues surrounding e-cigs and vaping. Chiefly the benefits to vapers; it’s LITERALLY a thousand times safer than sticking burning leaves in your gob and costs a TINY fraction of the amount – versus the problem for governments; economies which rely on extortionate (up to 1,000%) tax […]

Damien on… Bikes vs Trolleys/Trams

January 27, 2015

Now that TV production companies are streaming programmes DIRECT to “smart” TVs, networks are fighting back, by screening syndicated programmes “within 12/24 hours of UK/US transmission” – which means that out here in the Orient, we are now getting “Top Gear” COMPLETE and QUICKLY. And that resulted in my just having watched The Hamster go […]

Damien on… A Wikipedia Account

January 10, 2015

The following is cut from Wikipedia… “Midnight, 29 April 1945, Hitler married Eva Braun in a small civil ceremony in the Führerbunker. After a modest wedding breakfast with his new wife, he dictated his will. “Then Braun bit into a cyanide capsule and Hitler shot himself. “Their bodies were carried up the stairs and through […]

Damien on… Face-Sitting

January 4, 2015

While I was away, I see the British government took yet another of their giant steps BACKWARDS (they have been doing little else, since 1973) by coming down (so to speak) on PORN – including trying to ban “face-sitting”. I do not know who came up with this winner (they certainly need to get out more) but if I […]

Damien on… Near-Death Experiences

December 27, 2014

Oh, this is not about white-lit tunnels and suchlike (which is just an optical effect the brain creates when it is in crisis) – this is about something REAL that affects us ALL, every day. The thing is, as the below piece documents – death is always just a heartbeat away. Most of us will […]

Damien on… A Cautionary Tale

December 22, 2014

Did you miss me? The reason your humble scribe has posted nowt new for nearly TWO MONTHS is that he has been away. Doing what? Two months. But seriously folks, the reality is no joke… It all started about a year ago. Occasionally, when I turned over in bed, I noticed a TWINGE in the area of my […]

Damien on… “The Peace Process”

November 3, 2014

This term has been bandied about for DECADES – usually concerning the Arab-Israeli conflicts. But is it not a gigantic OXYMORON? (For those who ain’t good at English like what I am – that means a contradiction in terms). I mean, the definition of the word “process” is a course of action that changes one condition into […]

Damien on… Paul Pugh And The HMPO

October 17, 2014

Sounds like the name of a Seventies Pop combo, doesn’t it? Oh, if only it were… Britain used to be known as “Rip-off Britain” – but these days, it has a new monicker; BROKEN Britain. This is because nothing WORKS there anymore. The Police, the Post Office, the Passport Office (HMPO) – and that is just the […]

Damien on… Procrastination

October 11, 2014

Oh, I haven’t got time right now – I’ll write this tomorrow.

Damien on… E-cigs – The “Yellow Peril” Strikes Again?

October 3, 2014

First, let us be clear on one VERY important point; e-cigs are NOT a “smoking cessation” device. They are not promoted as such by any legitimate manufacturer or organisation. They are an ALTERNATE DELIVERY SYSTEM for nicotine. E-cigs first emerged half a century ago. But serious examples only came on-line a DECADE ago, largely thanks to developments […]

Damien on… A Simple Truism

September 27, 2014

In the six years (wow, really?) I have been writing these columns, I have touched several times on “-isms” – racism, sexism and others. But I believe all of these issues can be SUMMED UP quite simply – so here goes… The factors that go to make up a human fall into two distinct groups. Group One consists […]

Damien on… Obama – Six Years In – What Now?

September 9, 2014

These days, Obama has accepted that no matter how much he tries to appease his government, they will continue to shit all over him and block – or at least dissipate – his every move. His attempts at conciliation began even before he won office, during the debates with that little prat, McCain. And McCain’s reaction set the […]

Damien on… America: The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

September 2, 2014

A while back, a swish New York shop called Barney’s hit the news when a black girl was roughed up by NYPD, after she had bought a handbag there, which cost two THOUSAND five hundred bucks. The incident was similar to an earlier one, where a young black man had bought a belt for $349. Apparently, […]

Damien on… Bimbos!

August 23, 2014

Charisma Carpenter is a now-middle-aged actress, mostly famous for PLAYING A SERIES of bimbos (for non-Americans; a bimbo is a woman without a brain in her head, who floats along on her looks). Of course, that NAME (Charisma – her actual given name – after an Avon perfume) might have HELPED. These days, she is still working – in bit parts. But perhaps […]

Damien on… A Tale Of The Eighties

August 14, 2014

Elsewhere in these columns, I have written of how the publishers’ copyright ID computer programmes brought an end to new musical compositions around 1980. But not only did this begin the descent of Pop, it also spelled the end for TV themes and jingles. And it is this last wot this piece is about. […]

Damien on… Luck

July 26, 2014

“Lucky” Larry Searle had never known what it felt like to be a “loser” – if he pulled a cracker, he would ALWAYS get the middle section. His friends – of whom he had many – never ceased to be amazed how everything ALWAYS seemed to go his way. Thus his career in Texan oil futures […]

Damien on… Love, American Style

July 14, 2014

This writer has mentioned before how Americans have changed the spellings, use and usage of as many words as they can, in order to try to convince themselves – if nobody else – that THEY invented the Language Of Shakespeare. But a bizarre new example of this silliness has impinged itself on this historian’s ear; they now SWAP […]

Damien on… UK TV Ads

July 7, 2014

Having escaped cold, wet, miserable Britain twelve years ago, I have not seen too many of their TV ads during that time. But those which I have caught have featured a trend which is DEEPLY annoying; a line of qualifiers, links and disclaimers – in a compressed font – running across the bottom of the picture. Now, given I have rarely […]

Damien on… Eric Cantona

June 21, 2014

This too is hardly topical – in fact the events I wish to consider happened almost twenty years ago. But after my Zen brother Corny recently wrote a piece on racism – – I was reminded of said event. If you are over thirty, you probably recall it too. Eric got into a ruck with another player […]

Damien on… Anthony Weiner

June 6, 2014

Okay, this is hardly TOPICAL – but I’ve been doing a SLOW BURN on this one. After a rocky political career, MARRIED Anthony Weiner “sexted” pictures of his gentleman-sausage to a number of women. The scandal broke, his wife stood beside him (why do they always DO that?) – and that SHOULD have been that. But […]

Damien on… The “Fabulous” Fifties

June 2, 2014

Ah, the Fifties. Life was SIMPLER then. You could jump on a bus at the traffic lights – and they ran FASTER, thanks to the driver not having to collect FARES at each stop. And you could smoke just about ANYWHERE – except libraries, museums, churches, art galleries and theatres (but no-one went THERE). Even […]

Damien on… Bob Newhart In Britain

May 18, 2014

In America, the career of Bob Newhart is well known. It began with two chart-topping albums: “The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart” and “The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back” – then continued with more hit albums – his own show – Vegas headline runs – regular appearances on top shows (Carson, Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, etc.) – then […]

Damien on… Photoshopping For Real

May 1, 2014

Take two guys: the first is Nigel Farage – the leader of UKIP (for the benefit of American readers: UKIP is like the Tea Party, but without the guns) and a “Man Of The People”… And the second is another Man Of The People – Jay Leno, former host of The Tonight Show… Now clearly, something […]

Damien on… “Doctor Who Live – The After-Party”

April 25, 2014

I rarely have time to read blogs – but searching for something on the above-named programme (which I only caught up with yesterday) I stumbled across the below piece, from “theresidentweeble”, here on THIS service… “Well, all the build-up was worth it, ‘The Day of the Doctor’, a fabulous episode to celebrate 50 years of […]

Damien on… Corruption

April 19, 2014

I just heard that Britain (the land of my birth) is rated number 17 on the list of the World’s LEAST Corrupt countries. So out of some 200-plus recognised nations, that means she is in pretty good shape, right? Or IS she? The thing is, casting aside the consideration that WELL-organised corruption goes undetected (and therefore logically […]

Damien on… The History Of Religion

April 8, 2014

When one is a child, all sustenance, caring and wisdom comes from one’s parents. Therefore, as a child, one’s parents are effectively GODS. But when one grows up, one quickly comes to realize they actually have feet of clay – which leaves one feeling rather alone. And thus it has been, ever since Man first gained the power of […]

Damien on… Vladimir Putin: Gay Or What?

March 23, 2014

It is now widely accepted that rabidly anti-gay men are mostly gay themselves – but being unable to come to terms with their sexuality, overcompensate by railing against those who have. So is Vladimir Putin a fruit? Let us examine the evidence… (1) His government has introduced anti-gay legislation (I wonder how THAT went down at […]

Damien on… Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

March 16, 2014

…which is (was?) in fact the above aeroplane. I think it is a given that somewhere in Bel Air, the first two acts of the forthcoming film, “The [TBA] Of Flight 370”, are being written as I type. And I further suspect that casting is already in progress. But whether or not the film actually gets […]

Damien on… “Divergent”

March 10, 2014

…which is another 80 million bucks-worth of SFX-movie, for kids. And provided it makes shedfulls of cash, the producers have promised it will spawn (that’s definitely the right word) SEQUELS. But what will they be called? Here are my suggestions… First sequel: “Trivergent” – second sequel: “Quadravergent” – etc. And if they do a “prequel” […]

Damien on… The Bullsh*t Awards

March 3, 2014

As I type this, the 2014 Oscars are in full flow (having PVRed it, I’ll skip through it later). And this represents the climax of the “awards season” – but there really should be another: The Bullsh*t Awards. These would be conferred upon those in Western Big Business who have created the biggest pile (of bullsh*t, […]

Damien on… “Ishtar”

February 21, 2014

You could be forgiven for believing Elaine May’s “Ishtar” was one of the five biggest financial disasters in Hollywood – the others being Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate”, “Waterworld” with Kevin Costner, “Gigli” with Ben Affleck and “The Bonfire Of The Vanities” with Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and others. But you would be WRONG. These five films […]

Damien on… Clint Eastwood

February 9, 2014

A while back, the A-list star’s star slipped a bit – when he delivered a political speech to an empty chair. But in fairness, even HE laughs about it now. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. But the points he lost then have now been recovered – he just saved a guy’s LIFE, […]

Damien on… Americanisation

February 1, 2014

I love Americans – they are emotional, creative and good fun. But while I am happy to eat a McDonalds fishburger and chips, swilled down with Coke – and watch “Dexter”, “House”, “The Blacklist”, “Elementary”, “The Dome” (two of which star ENGLISH actors) and Jon Stewart, Dave Letterman et al on my TV – I still get pissed off how […]

Damien on… Lindsey Graham

January 31, 2014

As a Brit, I usually have little interest in US senators – particularly Republican ones. But the first time I saw Lindsey, I was fascinated. His parents – who ran a booze shop (US: liquor store) called “The Sanitary Cafe” (really?) and were called Millie and Florence James Graham (again, REALLY?) – gave him the […]

Damien on… Maybe I AM A “Belieber”

January 25, 2014

I just finished repairing the underneath of an old pair of trousers I use mostly for gardening and suchlike – and it occurred that while Justin Beiber might appear a total DILDO in the trousers HE wears (the ones that look like he took a massive DUMP in them) at least their crotches never need stitching… Once again, I […]

Damien on… One The Americans LOST

January 22, 2014

Elsewhere in these ramblings, I have ruminated on how America has attempted to RE-INVENT everything, to convince themselves (and any other gullible people) that it was THEY who invented language, dates, measures, standards, etc. You can find the piece HERE… But there is ONE thing they FELL DOWN on – “Alfa-Bravo-Charlie”. In 1927, the International […]

Damien on… TV Censorship In Thailand

January 12, 2014

…is erratic, inconsistent and HILARIOUSLY inept. Case in point: In Asia, RTL/CBS have been promoting “Under The Dome” for the past two months. Adapted from a Stephen King book and co-produced by Spielberg, this epic finally premiered a few nights ago – and looks pretty good. But I am sure I was not alone in noticing something was […]

Damien on… The Problem With Jehovah’s Witnesses

December 22, 2013

…is they missed a trick. We’ve all seen them – two guys dressed in cheap plain black suits, with plain black ties and plain white shirts. They knock on a door and when it opens, usually one of three things happens: if the occupant has them, he sets the dogs on them – or he […]

Damien on… How To Avoid Being Ripped Off By Government And Big Business

December 21, 2013

…which is probably the longest title in these columns. But it IS possible. Oh sure, many of the rip-offs are unavoidable, without breaking the law – and prison beckons those who do not appreciate this. However, for those in the know, there are alternatives – and what is life without alternatives, eh? So let us […]

Damien on… The Death Of Popular Music Composition

December 15, 2013

…which started in November 1970 and became complete around a decade ago. Its demise began when George Harrison released “My Sweet Lord” and an ailing music publisher who owned the rights to “He’s So Fine” SUED him for PLAGIARISM. In fact, George’s composition had been inspired by his friend Edwin Hawkins’ “Oh Happy Day” – which in turn was based on an C18th hymn […]

Damien on… Lucky Numbers

December 13, 2013

Yesterday was 12/12 – so at 12:12, I put $12 on horse number 12, in the 12th race. It came in 12th.

Damien on… Stories Of Our Time

December 3, 2013

In late 1920s Mississippi, a man called Billy-Bob McWhirter got a Great Idea. He took his canoe out into the Okefenokee Swamp and returned with a hundred alligator eggs. These he placed in tanks with powerful lightbulbs overhead and in due course, found himself with a lot of little alligators. He then packed them into cases and […]

Damien on… Christmas In Japan

November 16, 2013

Less than one percent of Japanese people are Christian (most, if they ARE religious, are Buddhist or Shinto) and Christmas has only been acknowledged there since the American occupation, in 1945. This has led to some bizarre events – like KFC putting up posters featuring their cross-eyed Colonel in Coca-Cola Santa garb. And the TV company who screened […]

Damien on… Legitimate Targets?

November 4, 2013

So a couple of days ago, some nut-job walks into LAX and kills a TSA official, wounds two others – and wings a bystander. In gun-happy America, such incidents are almost a daily occurrence and normally, those hearing the news items would mourn. But given who THESE particular targets were, one cannot help but wonder – how […]

Damien on… The Legacy Of “Candyman”

November 3, 2013

When English horror writer Clive Barker wrote the short story “The Forbidden” in the mid-Eighties, he set it in Britain – but when it begat a movie, its location was understandably switched to America. This actually made it MORE ghastly, since much of it was set in an abandoned public housing block. In Britain, “tower blocks” are merely depressing – but American “projects” […]

Damien on… Truth Vs Myth

October 28, 2013

Now let me see if I have this straight… God exists – but Santa Claus does not. The Devil exists – but Dracula does not. Angels exist – but fairies do not. Demons exist – but goblins do not. And Jesus was divine – but Elvis was not. Wow. Sixty-one and still so much to […]

Damien on… War Babies – And Children

October 14, 2013

I was born in September, 1952 – which makes me a “Baby Boomer”. The post-WW2 baby-boom started (obviously) in 1946. However, when it ended is harder to say. Since the eventual decline in births was gradual, some estimates put it as late as the early Sixties. Either way, during the Fifties, I was only a […]

Damien on… The US Government

October 7, 2013

Once again, Uncle Sam is in the crapper. When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. And this time, the whole GOVERNMENT has gone shopping. So what happened to Obama’s pledge that he would use Presidential Privilege to nail anyone who got in his way, during his last term? It seems John Boehner (which CLEARLY should be […]

Damien on… Norman Lamont

September 27, 2013

Norman Lamont was a Tory politician – so it is hard to defend him of anything. And yet, there must be a BOOK waiting to be written of the machinations that took place to SCREW him. For many years, he was Chancellor Of The Exchequer – and when Britain pulled out of the ERM, Lamont […]

Damien on… Why Flying These Days Is SHITE!

September 6, 2013

Back in the Good Old Days, flying was only for the intrepid RICH. Then, after WW2, it became a serious means of getting places that were far away – but it was still only affordable by the well-heeled. However, in the Seventies – thanks to people like Freddie Laker and Richard Branson (now both Sir) […]

Damien on… Capital Punishment

August 27, 2013

Capital punishment simply does not WORK – for four reasons. One. It is NOT a deterrent. In olden times you could be hung for picking pockets. And hangings were public. And while the public watched – pickpockets worked the crowd. Most murders are by definition, crimes of passion. People lose their tempers and go too […]

Damien on… Profiteering

August 4, 2013

The story you are about to read is true – only the names have been changed to protect the writer. A few months back, here in Thailand, Pipsqueek’s bottling franchise ran out. And during their transitional period, a local non-name-brand producer of coloured, flavoured, fizzy water called Eskimo tried to horn in. You see, they had […]

Damien on… A Woman Takes A Horse Into McDonalds…

July 22, 2013

I promise you the punchline to this one isn’t “Why the long face?” – it actually happened. Apparently, you cannot go through a drive-through (or even “drive-thru”) on roller-skates, a bicycle or a horse – it has to be a car. And when a Mancunian horse-woman was told this, she decided to go into the […]

Damien on… The Shard

July 12, 2013

I escaped cold, wet, miserable, over-priced Britain over a decade ago. And today, I was reminded of just why. I learned that a new London attraction is the observation gallery of The Shard – a thousand foot glass spike, in The City. Said gallery is on the 72nd floor, at only around eight hundred feet up – but […]

Damien on… Asiana Flight 214

July 11, 2013

Once again we have a bunch of passengers sitting in a crashed aircraft (for a whole minute and a half) waiting to be told what to do. Only when the back of the plane started filling with smoke did the pilots decide to order an evacuation (then again, they were the morons who flew the bird […]

Damien on… Bucket Lists

June 23, 2013

I can find no references on the Interweb to “bucket list” beyond the 2007 movie of that name, but the phenomenon has grown to epic proportions of late. Just this weekend, another venerable thrillseeker went out in a blaze of glory (quite literally) strapped to the top of a biplane which – if the footage is […]

Damien on… Liz Windsor And The American President

June 9, 2013

During the recent state visit of Barack Obama to Great Britain, it was decided to pull out all the stops. Thus it was that in due course, Barry found himself seated by QE2 in the royal coach, pulled by a pair of white horses. As the procession made its way down The Mall, one of the horses […]

Damien on… Me, Charlie Sheen And Kirsten Dunst

June 1, 2013

Me and the wife were entertaining Charlie Sheen in our apartment. Charlie was charming and friendly. We had the lights turned down low and the evening was going well. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. We excused ourselves and went to answer it. It was Kirsten Dunst and some guy. We invited them in. […]

Damien on… Dick Trickle

May 17, 2013

Born in Wisconsin in 1941 – six weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor – Richard Trickle shortened his first name, regardless of the humorous result. He went on to become one of the most successful “short track” racers of all time – eventually progressing to NASCAR. But at 71, he decided the time had finally come […]

Damien on… The Real Benny Hill?

May 3, 2013

The following is largely speculative. But as Benny cannot sue (being dead) here goes… Having been born a little less than thirty years after Benny, I watched his rise, plateau and eventual fall – as it happened. But the one thing that has always interested me – and which appears to have been overlooked by everyone else – […]

Damien on… Nigel Marven And Bear Grylls

April 6, 2013

Sometimes you see a programme entry in a “minimalist” listings magazine that just looks WRONG. One such is on Animal Planet this month – “Untamed China With Nigel Marven”. Now I’m sorry if you, reading this, are called Nigel – but even YOU have to admit it’s a WANKY name. At best it’s a little […]

Damien on… Cuff-Shooters And Dames

March 29, 2013

I recently had a comment on one of my YouTube uploads – Parky, interviewing Diana Rigg in the Seventies – which I thought would bear repeating here, along with my response. It read… “OMG if I could speak English like her. I think she has the most classy, perfect and sophisticated accent. WOW.” To which […]

Damien on… Frivolous Lawsuits

March 18, 2013

…have always ABOUNDED in the American Injustice System. But the latest is a doozy. It will be brought against IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) by actress, Huang Huong – who intends to take a bunch of other actors and actresses along with her, for the ride. They will include Jason Cermak, Camille Solari, Stacey Newsome, Joan McCall, Jill […]

Damien on… Women With Smooth Pubes

March 16, 2013

The idea that guys who like women sans pubes are paedophiles is NONSENSE. And guys who prefer women with no pubes who think THEY THEMSELVES must be perves need not worry. The fact is, men and women have hormones – testosterone and oestrogen. Men have high levels of testosterone: this creates hair that is thin […]

Damien on… Sport In Britain

March 12, 2013

Elsewhere in these ramblings* I have discussed my enthusiasm for sport (it is on a par with my feelings towards hip-hop “music”) and thus my knowledge of it is in the same league (lame pun intended). But a thought occurred to me and so I went stat-hunting (STAT, not stag – keep up) and it […]

Damien on… The “Privatisation” (Properly; Commercialisation) Of Britain

March 7, 2013

…was the “brainchild” of the Thatcher administration, in the early Eighties – and it has WRECKED Britain. As a reaction to the excesses of the trade unions in the Seventies, most people were all FOR it. Get private businessmen in, to sort out the UK’s moribund nationalised industries. They ignored the naysayers, who warned that putting […]

Damien on… Life Is What It Is…

March 4, 2013

…you either go through it with your head held high – or hung low. So sayeth the prophet (actually, it was my Zen alter-ego, Cornelius, in “Random Thoughts” – but he said a mouthful). You see, in This Life, you will encounter good luck and bad – in EQUAL MEASURES. But how you choose to DEAL […]

Damien on… “Majoritarily”

February 26, 2013

Sometimes, you just have to SMILE at America’s efforts to “re-invent” the English language. The latest example I saw was the titular “majoritarily”. Of course, they mean “mostly” – but what a sweet, nonsensical word! (Which WordPress’ SpellChecker unsurprisingly REJECTS).

Damien on… The “The Alan Partridge Movie” Film

February 24, 2013

…is currently filming in Norfolk’s legendary Jewel Of The North… Cromer (don’t ask). Despite having appeared in a fair number of feature films – including some as the lead – Steve Coogan has never really made the grade in the cinema. His only significant award nod (he didn’t get it) was for “The Parole Officer” – […]

Damien on… The Chubby Checker “App”

February 17, 2013

Sometimes you just HAVE to laugh. It seems a company called “HP” (nothing to do with the sauce – although they SOUND pretty saucy) designed an “app” (short for application: programmes you can load onto your “smart” phone to enable you to do things like take a picture of someone – then hit a button and […]

Damien on… Pippa Middleton’s Arse

February 16, 2013

Small things can change history – even CLOTHES – and when that occurs, the wearers are often TOTALLY unaware of how it happened. For example, when Agnetha Fältskog chose her wardrobe for her appearance with Abba in that 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, she could not have DREAMED the reaction that the combination of her satin outfit and kidney-bean figure […]

Damien on… Eric Spear

February 15, 2013

If you are any age – and British – you will know the name. But you will as likely not know from where. Allow me to fill you in (and I do not even know you!) Eric’s name has appeared several times a week, every week, on your TV screen, for the last FIFTY-TWO YEARS – […]

Damien on… Ben Affleck

February 12, 2013

Congratulations are due to Mr Affleck for carrying off two BAFTAS for “Argo” at the British Academy Film Awards. And for showing Bradley Cooper what a BEARD looks like…

Damien on… Long Faces In Britain

February 9, 2013

I hear HORSE-meat has begun turning up in British burgers, lasagna, pasties, etc. Where does one begin? “I’ll have a Mr Ed-burger.” “What a nightmare.” “My kingdom for a McDonalds.” “Stop your nagging.” “The last time I ate horse-meat, it gave me the trots.” “I just shouted at a Burger King assistant – now I’m a little hoarse.” […]

Damien on… Andre Cassagnes

February 3, 2013

Who? Well, he was the guy who invented the “Etch A Sketch” and he passed a couple of weeks ago, aged 86. The problem I can see is, if he makes it to Heaven – haloes are ROUND…

Damien on… The Return Of Zuckhams

January 29, 2013

Thirty years ago, Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker created a spoof genre that has often been imitated, but never equalled – until now. “Airplane!” and “Police Squad!” heralded a new style of comedy, which mixed sight-gags – some in the background – with dead-pan delivery of absurd cliché lines by famous, serious actors. […]

Damien on… The Generosity Of Britain’s “Southern Water” – Explained For Americans

January 21, 2013

Being an ex-pat Brit, for the benefit of my Stateside readers I will clarify the situation in the UK: back in the Eighties, a particularly corrupt Tory government (US equivalent: Republican administration) sold off our national industries (then, anything they could lay their grubby hands on) to commercial interests – their fat-cat friends. Yes, we too are cursed by […]

Damien on… The 1955 Lincoln Futura

January 19, 2013

A concept car, they only ever made ONE. But even in the Fabulous Fifties, the bubble-topped beauty was too much and it never made production. However, it did star in a movie. “It Started With A Kiss” was a rom-com/travelogue film, featuring Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford, who win the car in a competition and – he having […]

Damien on… Phil Spector – King Of Mono

January 19, 2013

(Thanks to the NRA) Phil Spector will probably be in JAIL until he is EIGHTY-EIGHT. And the journey that lead him there is a California Story to beat them all. He first hit fame with his Great Wall Of Sound. This featured over-dub upon over-dub, the whole fed through both electronic and acoustic echo-chambers. Detractors called it “schlock rock” – […]

Damien on… “In A World Where The Absurd Is Now Commonplace”

January 13, 2013

If proof were needed that the subtitle of this column is apt – trust the POLICE to supply it. It appears the Lancashire force received a call that a drunk was wandering around with a samurai sword. They sent one of their finest to investigate. The officer found his man and nailed him with his police-issue Taser. Unfortunately… […]

Damien on… Getting SHOT At The Full Moon Party

January 3, 2013

…will not happen. Every Full Moon, dancers converge from all over the World to boogie the night away on Haad Rin Beach, Ko Pha-Ngan. And as a Brit retired to Thailand more than eleven years now – many visits to Haad Rin’s monthly knees-up have failed to kill ME. This country is like Ireland (the whole island) in […]