Author Archives: Tim Newman

Orgies and Pimping in France

How very French: Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who denies charges of pimping, has told a court in northern France that he took part in only a few rare sex parties. He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his … Continue reading

Posted in France, Politics | 3 Comments

Sympathy Level: Zero

I hope HSBC gets fined out of existence: Britain’s biggest bank helped wealthy clients cheat the UK out of millions of pounds in tax, the BBC has learned. Panorama has seen thousands of accounts from HSBC’s private bank in Switzerland … Continue reading

Posted in Customer Service, Hypocrisy, UK | 6 Comments

Buying Beds in France

We are in the process of buying an apartment in the French Alps, and in anticipation of getting the keys sometime in late February I visited an outlet of one of France’s largest bed suppliers.  The conversation went something like … Continue reading

Posted in Business, France | 22 Comments

The March of the Impotents

Well, I’m glad I didn’t go on that march through Paris yesterday. On Friday, French President Francois Hollande said in a public address: “These fanatics have nothing to do with the Muslim religion”. Which is a flat-out lie, and Hollande … Continue reading

Posted in France, Islam, Politics, Terrorism | 26 Comments

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

I’d be lying if I said I was shocked or shaken by the attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris last week.  It may be different for the French, but I’ve gotten strangely used to this.  Indeed, the only thing … Continue reading

Posted in France, Islam, Media, Politics, Terrorism | 13 Comments

Fallen Idols

A few nights ago a giant, 328-foot tall windmill came crashing down in a field in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.  To say that questions need answering is an understatement.  Take a look at the photos. The failure mode here is buckling, … Continue reading

Posted in Engineering, UK | 17 Comments

Should have seen it coming…

When he’s not abusing Sydney’s nouvelles riches ladies of leisure and snapping photos of Sydney’s sartorial disasters, The New Australian is fond of pointing out two things: 1. Like Brits, Australians have bought into the idea that property is a … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Oil & Gas | 11 Comments

An Uber New Year

By coincidence, The New Australian has written a post about Uber, the app-based impromptu taxi service, and the outrage it appears to have caused in Australia.  I say coincidence because I used Uber for the first time last night, and … Continue reading

Posted in France | 9 Comments

Beware of a Man in Search of a Legacy

Historical legacies are interesting things, offering as they do a chicken and egg situation.  Was Napoleon motivated foremost to secure his name in history and his deeds merely the methods he used to do it?  Or did he simply fancy … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Oil & Gas, Politics, Russia | 10 Comments

Never Truer Words Spoken

In August I wrote a post, the central point of which was Russia ought to tread carefully in its dealings with the west because they might not be as forgiving the next time should Russia find itself once again in … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia | 9 Comments