Ken's Blue Blog
Musings on "the bleedin' obvious"; views on the meaning of life, or anything else that takes my fancy.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy St George's Day!

Friday, April 21, 2017


Bluffs in poker are not terribly effective, and indeed are counter-productive, if they are outed before the final hand!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


You know that diplomacy has hit rock bottom, when phrases such as "don't mess with us" are used.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gunboat Diplomacy

Gunboat diplomacy is only really effective if your gunboat actually turns up in the area you wish to pressurise!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Beware small countries run by small men who value face more than their lives.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Dangers of Misspeaking

At times of international crisis a few miss-chosen words, or no words at all, can lead to catastrophe.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Experts Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Self appointed "experts" and talking heads are invariably wrong at predicting the timing of certain events.

For why?

Because they open their mouths in public, thereby giving those who are in charge of certain events the opportunity and motivation to wrong foot them!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Yeehaw As A Tool of Diplomacy

It appears that shouting Yeehaw with guns blazing is now the main tool of international diplomacy.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Words of Kindness

Words of kindness and thanks, for a job well done, often mean more than mere money.

However, when thanking someone for their service/work don't forget that people have to be able to buy food and shelter and words alone won't enable them to do that.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stride Boldly Into The Unknown

Mankind has only achieved things by striding into the unknown, cowering in fear of the unknown leads to the decay and deterioration of society.

Therefore gird your loins, don your armour, unsheathe your sword and stride boldly into the unknown!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


When you see headlights coming straight at you, get out of the way don't sit and admire them!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Advice To Everyone

Don't sit back and watch the world burn.

Where you see something that needs to be fixed or addressed, sort it out without delay!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Religion is the root of all stupidity, hatred and bigotry!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Just because a person, company or organisation claim to be professional, don't assume they are not forgetful.

Monday, March 20, 2017

International Day of Happiness

Apparently today is the International Day of Happiness (whatever that means?).

All very laudable no doubt, but why on earth hold it on a Monday?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day, may the Craic be with you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In Praise of The Scotch Egg

What a splendid thing the Scotch Egg is, a boiled egg, encased in sausage meat dipped in breadcrumbs.

What's not to like?

The chickens that lay these must be wondrous beasts indeed!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Question For Crufts

Question: When is a working dog not a working dog?

Answer: When it wins Crufts Best in Show!

Monday, March 13, 2017

When Is a Secretary of State Not Really a Secretary of State?

A Secretary of State that travels to a global hotspot at a time of crisis without a press corps, and without the confidence of the president, is not really a Secretary of State.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Dangers of Television

Be careful what you do/say in front of your TV, lest the CIA be watching!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Publishing Reports

Before publishing a report, FFS check the appendices for errors and cock ups!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Leaks II

When stopping a leak with a hammer, don't bang too hard lest you cause another!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Oncoming Asteroids

When you see an asteroid hurtling towards your home, don't waste time pruning the roses!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Advice To World Leaders

It is not the size of your military that will safeguard your legacy, but how you use them!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Advice To The Meteorological Office

Don't call a storm "Doris" if want people to take it seriously!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Mystery of The Sock Drawer

How is that identical black socks, bought from the same company, after being placed in the sock drawer never match?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


In order to plug a leak, you need to find the leak.

In order to find the leak, you need to fill the leaking vessel/organisation with water/disinformation.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I Am The Wind

I am the wind beneath my own wings!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Chaotic Press Conferences

Be aware that apparently "chaotic" press conferences can in fact be deliberately scripted smoke and mirror exercises designed to distract people from substantive issues.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Don't let the fear generated by politicians and lurid media headlines rule your life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


When you order an omelette, don't blame the chef when he breaks the eggs!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Coasters are most effective when glasses and cups are actually placed upon them, rather than next to them!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Tortoise and The Hare

People are oft to think the lesson of Aesop's tortoise and the hare is that a slow methodical approach will achieve victory.

This is not the case.

The reason that hare lost was because he was a posturing, self promoting, arrogant, idiot.

The fact is, had the hare moderated his behaviour he would have won hands down!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

Lines In The Sand

Lines ion the sand tend not to be rigid, as sand is very malleable.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Advice To World Leaders

Don't get in a fight with the Australians.

Juts ask the Japanese how that went in the last war!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Fire Starters

Do not put fire starters in positions of power and authority.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

January Finally Over!

At last the seemingly never ending month of January is over!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Advice To The World

Have a care you don't have a collective mental breakdown, nature will take its course

Monday, January 30, 2017

How To Use An ATM

When an ATM pays out, always do a dance of appreciation to thank it; thereby increasing the chances of it paying out the next time you use it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Beast Within

The beast is not trying to get in, he is trying to claw his way out!

Beware the beast within.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Burn's Night

I would like to wish all my Scottish friends, and those friends who enjoy haggis and whisky or who think they are Scottish, a very happy Burn's Night!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Advice To The Media

If you want to avoid being trolled and manipulated by certain politicians, then stop focussing on trivia and what the politician says (which he/she does for effect and as a means of chaff). Focus on the major issues and significant actions (if any) taken by said politician.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Freezing Fog - The Joy of Monday

What better way to start Monday than a shroud of freezing fog heralding the dawn!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Inauguration Day - Trump In Perspective

Today Donald Trump takes the oath of office, to become the 45th President of the United States of America.

Ignoring the hyperbole of his supporters and detractors, here is a simple primer for those who want to grasp what may or may not happen during his term of office.

1 Trump should be taken seriously, but not literally.

2 He has learned from numerous series of the Apprentice to use conflict as a means of determining who are the most powerful/strong people in a room. You may expect him to apply the same techniques when in office.

3 He, and his team, are deal makers. All agreements both internal and international are now up for renegotiation. View him through the prism of business and deal making, not politics.

4 For those of you who are not citizens of the USA, he is not your president. Those of you who are citizens of the USA, whether you voted for him or not, like it or not he is your President.

5 As you wait for the inauguration at midday EST (17:00 GMT) take time out to watch the most excellent film "Seven Days In May". It's plot centres around a military-political cabal's planned take-over of the United States government in reaction to the president's negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Momentous Change

Change is never quite as "momentous" as thought by those undergoing it when viewed through the prism of history.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Southern Rail Resumes "Full Service"

All very well and good, maybe. However, "full service" is a highly subjective term!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Rank bestows upon people the authority to be right when they are wrong.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017


Thundersnow in Britain is a figment of the imagination of an ignorant media and an hysterical met office!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Measure of Success

The measure of success of a leader (be it political or business) is that person's legacy (financial, crime statistics, general standard of living, wars being waged etc), and the nature of the leader/system that follows.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Advice To The UK Media

You know perfectly well that there is bugger all chance of the UK being hit by "thundersnow" in the next 24 hours, yet your headlines say the exact opposite.

Oh, and by the way, since when did we ever in the UK refer to snow storms etc as "thundersnow"?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

Unlimited Options and Choices

Unlimited options and choices results in excessive dithering for some people.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Exit Strategies

When going into business with others, always ensure there is a well thought through and agreed exit strategy.