Saturday, 17 March 2018


I used to watch this TV Western in the 1960s and am sure that Richard did too. We didn't have a lot of choice in entertainment in those days and generally just watched what was served up on the initially one then two TV channels.


Why BRANDED you may ask? Well a few weeks back Richard decided to add an extra 'G' to his blog Richard's Bass Bag to make it Richard's Bass Bagg. It's sort of like promoting a Lance Corporal with one stripe to a Corporal with two stripes.

Sad I know but the old guy was desperate because of flagging readership and needed to create extra interest *. I was wondering what next? - an extra 'G' and a stripe to make the blog a Sergeant but no, it seems that it got busted down to Lance Corporal again and now only has the one 'G'.

Still, it's been the most exciting happening on his blog for some time.

* (It didn't work as The Bass Bagging Confederation folded soon after)


"Sectare Fidem is our rule,

We'll hold our faith while we have breath.
Loyal to home, church, crown and school,

St Patrick's sons we'll remain to death."

I attended St Patrick's College Wellington in the 1960s and don't remember celebrating St Patrick's day. Everything was blue back then, not green.

Thanks for modelling guys.

 The only thing green as I remember was the jealousy of the kids in the 'G' and lower classes who envied the kids in the 'P' classes.

We did have a statue of old St Pat but it was white as I remember.

Certainly not as flamboyantly gay as this image that richard cherishes hides used in his latest post HERE .

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


THE TWITTER CURMUDGEON may well prove to be a force to reckon with. The format of a few lines of up to the minute scathing observations is just what this modern, social media world that has the attention span of a goldfish needs. Who wants to take the time to read a carefully constructed, erudite and worthwhile post from THE CURMUDGEON and other members of THE CURMUDGEON INC.ⓒ when they can get a quick fix on Twitter? This leaves the old tired formats like RICHARD'S BASS BAGG well down the reading list. Robert's disappearing blog won't even get a look in.

So, it looks like THE TWITTER CURMUDGEON is here to stay. There are already dozens of Twitter post written (it would be good to come up with another word for these as 'Twitter posts' is a lot of letters to type. I haven't got time to alert all my readers of new posts by THE TWITTER CURMUDGEON but will try to give you a weekly alert and provide a link to the blog like THIS


As THE CURMUDGEONLY LUDDITE mentioned in his latest post, Twitter - the instant social media messaging tool is too bloody difficult to set up so we at THE CURMUDGEONS INC.ⓒ  have decided to create our own instant messaging blog - THE TWITTER CURMUDGEON.

This in no way detracts from the excellent contributions that THE CURMUDGEON EXPRESS makes and he will continue in his role. THE TWITTER CURMUDGEON will report using pithy though important statements on current events as he sees them.

THE TWITTER CURMUDGEON's inaugural 'Tweet' is HERE

Monday, 12 March 2018


The Religious Curmudgeon has had a couple of wines and decided to write a post on religion and education ( or at least that's what he said).


Saturday, 10 March 2018


The Curmudgeon's Agony Aunt has a new post HERE


We're all guilty of it - taking for granted many of the things around us and just sort of expect it to be there without giving much thought to the effort that someone has put into making things nicer for us.

Richard in his latest post HERE talks about just that from the perspective of a musician.
He felt that the band performed well, helping to make the evening a success but they were underpaid and it seems underappreciated. In his earlier post HERE he indicates the preparation that goes in to a gig, even a small local one. The 24 tunes all have to be charted and practised meaning that a lot more time than the actual performance is put in by the musicians and in particular the band leader.

In the photograph that Richard used (taken from Facebook) the band leader, Richard, isn't even in the photograph.

I'm aware that I've been at gallery openings, exhibitions, cocktail parties and dinners where musicians have been playing in the background. I've enjoyed the music, particularly if it is a chamber group playing some nice jazz or classical music but haven't really given much thought to the work that goes into it. More recently I am a bit more aware for example at a local supermarket there is often a busker playing who has a really good voice and a great repertoire so I thank him and if I have coins in my pocket put a couple of gold ones in his hat.

I guess though that often, good musicians must feel that they are being screwed.

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Me, I'm all for it. Give them a chance I say. It's about time that the patriarchal societies that have existed since year dot got a bit of a shake up.

We've got another female Prime Minister and a good one too. USA almost had a female President but at the last hurdle choked and decided that it's safer to stick with a racist, ignorant, philandering rich prick. Good luck to them. We can see where that's got them.

The 'Women's Movement' (not scatalogical Richard) has a long, long way to go. The revelations about sexual bullying and harassment by lawyers, politicians, businessmen, actors and 'celebrities' that we've been witnessing over the last year isn't a surprise per se. What is a surprise is that the victims in most of these cases are successful, intelligent, capable and potentially powerful women! And still they get victimised. I've been watching the fall-out from the Russell McVeigh law firm's 'indiscretions' and the various university law faculties outrageous goings on and again I'm astounded that the victims again are intelligent, strong-minded and capable young women who have been subjected to vile and disgusting sexual approaches, and, they thought that this was the norm and they shouldn't do anything about it. WTF!

So, there's something else going on. Intelligent, strong-minded and capable young women don't or shouldn't just accept the norm of cringy old suits touching them up nor should the 'suits' organisations allow these old (and young) bastards to act this way while pretending to be all about equal opportunity and gender equality orientation. There need to be a major change in thinking of the 'Suits Organisations' and the sooner the better.

The Old Girl, my partner of the last 30 years is a strong 'feminist minded' person. She was at the forefront of the 70s and 80s 'movement' (sorry Richard) that pushed the idea that women deserve equal rights, equal pay and equal respect at home and in the workplace. She has often said that the advances that women have made in the second half of the nineteen hundreds is being eroded by a lack of momentum and by the fact that young women are being seduced into the idea of freedom being in being able to drink as much as they want and acting outrageously.

Now The Old Girl isn't a wowser. She can drink Champagne, wine, cognac, gin and whisky like James Bond. It's not the alcohol, the sexual freedom, the rights to choose what you want that is the issue now, it's the fact that all of these things have been captured by shameless marketers (of both sexes) who represent liquor, fashion, media, telecommunication and travel companies.


Right. That's said, thanks Mr Villa Maria Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. And also may I say a big thanks to The Old Girl who is very good at her job and works in a senior position for a major international company. She 'brings home the bacon' and keeps me in my dotage retirement in a fashion that I like to be kept. Happy International Women's day sweetheart.


At tennis this morning over coffee we talked about how cinema often has foretold events and discoveries. Literature and cinema has for years produced works that have had a vision of the future some of which is frighteningly exact.
Forget the whimsy of The Jetsons and the trashy nonsense of American 1950s B-Grade sci-fi and horror movies which were corny and strangely out of date even when first made - and look at creations like:

  • George Orwell's 1984
  • Terry Gilliam's Brazil
  • Ridley Scott's Bladerunner
  • Steve De Jarnatt's Cherry 2000
  • Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
  • Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall
  • Luc Besson's The Fifth Element

In these and others the writer and or director has managed to introduce an idea or device that is far ahead of its time and seemed to be fanciful.

The excellent Bladerunner (1982) showed a futuristic society with environmental and overpopulation issues alienating humans who have chosen to build robots and Artificial Intelligence machines to run their lives:

In The Fifth Element (1997)  fingerprints and multipasses were used as a universal password and identification tools This was way before we had such things that are only just now being employed by Apple with the Apple Touch ID.

Total Recall (1990) shows Arnold Schwarzenegger getting into a robot driven 'Johhny Cab'. Last week UBER announced it's experimentation with driverless cars and the possibility of UBER taxis being robot driven:

One of the great scenes in Cherry 2000 (1987) is the dating scene (human vs human) where before a one-night- stand or pick-up from a bar can be made the prospective couples have to have lawyers draw up a contract. Recently I read that 'relationship contracts' are the latest thing for people who hook up via dating sites and that these are becoming popular given the current climate of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour:

Cherry 2000 was about a dysfunctional man who had relationships and sex with a sex-robot. When this broke down he had to go on a hunt to find a replacement model he liked - The Cherry 2000.
Today there is a flourishing industry not only in sex toys but in fully functioning sex robots.

Video phones were presented to us in many early TV shows like Get Smart and in films like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) but we always thought that those were real science fiction. Nowadays our smart phones and operating systems give us FaceTime and Skype that we take for granted.

My favourite though is the guidebook from Douglas Adams's 1979 novel The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. At the time I was intrigued by this and fantasised about having such a thing. Nowadays GOOGLE is my go-to search tool that I quickly flip to for an instant answer to things. Prescient? Yes and it's wonderful.


Tuesday, 6 March 2018


 ....  We all know the reference but I won't post the images or audio or film clips as they are too disturbing and should never be used in fun.

Robert and Richard - well Robert really has started a thread about Marist Brothers (and Priests) interfering with young boys in New Zealand schools on the 1960s.

This is a bit of a departure for Robert whose previous denial of such events was driven by his blind belief in the righteousness of the Catholic Church and the 'holiness' of its leaders and disciples.

I was educated by Nuns, Brothers and Priests in the Catholic education system and fortunately wasn't fiddled with ( or not that I can remember although Brother Paulinus complimenting me on my 'nice legs' and giving me a leading female role in a Noel Coward play is, in afterthought, a bit suspicious).


I'm no hero but have through my life supported the underdogs - stepping in at Primary, Intermediate and Secondary school to defend victims against bullies and have found myself standing up for the 'put upon' in my adult and working life. Paedophiles to me are the lowest of the low as they get their jollies from preying on small people who haven't the physical or emotional strength to resist them. The results are usually horrendous with the 'events' haunting the victim for the rest of his or her life and influencing (usually negatively) all their life choices while the paedophile merrily goes through his (usually) or her life without a care. Cunts!

It's distressing to know that most of these bastards hide behind social institutions, Education and religious organisations to both protect them and to bring them into contact with their victims. This is not news. This is a fact that is so obvious and glaring that the heads of these organisations should hang their heads in shame for ignoring the problems and not doing anything to fix them. I don't care if we are talking about Rolf Harris, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Jimmy Saville or the many, many 'celebrities', educationalists and religious leaders - there were people in superior positions that made them capable of intervening who did nothing. These people, to me are just as guilty and need to be 'outed' if not prosecuted.

I know that I'm an unforgiving bastard (see HERE) but that's the way I choose to be having met some real shits in my time. Robert in his latest Post mentioned a Catholic leader or administrator who said "I'm sorry" for not doing anything about a paedophile priest. Well that's not good enough. 'Sorries' don't help the people who lived through this shit.


BRANDED I used to watch this TV Western in the 1960s and am sure that Richard did too. We didn't have a lot of choi...