Category Archives: UK

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

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

Two Road Systems Contrasted

For the second of the 4-day weekends in May I decided to go to London to visit a couple of mates who were in town.  Such trips are possible from Paris, but weren’t from Lagos and Sakhalin.  I decided to drive, … Continue reading

Posted in France, General Observations, UK | 15 Comments

It could happen to anybody!

Either I’m woefully uninformed about the workings of police investigations, or somebody is taking the piss here: The death of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, whose body was found in a padlocked sports bag, was probably an accident, police have said. … Continue reading

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British Aid to Nigeria

Following this post immediately below, I decided to find out how much money the UK pisses up the wall on aid to Nigeria: £141m per year, increasing 116% over 5 years to £305m. Put simply, the British government taxes single … Continue reading

Posted in Nigeria, UK | 5 Comments

The Riots in Britain

The biggest surprise for me about the riots and looting which are spreading around British cities is that anyone is surprised by it.  This may be because these days I am an outsider looking in, but to me the sight … Continue reading

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Great British Retail

First shop, advertising itself as a “diamond and watch specialist”: Me: “Can you stick a new battery in this watch (an ordinary Seiko) and replace the seal?” Assistant: “No, we’d have to send it away for 6-8 weeks.  We don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Business, UK | 4 Comments

Rip-Off Britain Kindle 3G = $189 Kindle = $139 Kindle 3G = £149 ($232) Kindle = £109 ($169) I’ve noticed similar discrepancies between and, too.

Posted in UK | 7 Comments


I’m back in Sakhalin alive and well, despite the lack of posts on here.  Truth is, I’ve changed jobs, joining another company from the one which brought me to Sakhalin in the first place.  Having had to do a handover, … Continue reading

Posted in Travel, UK | 11 Comments

A Russian’s View of Britain

In the comments section of the post immediately below, frequent commenter L.S. points me towards an article in the UK’s Daily Mail regarding a book written by a young Russian woman about her experiences living in London.  I had a … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, UK | 39 Comments