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Tuesday, 22 December 2015


The Dame is beginning to wind down from the rigours of a year of exposing deceit, wickedness and base corruption.
And what a year it has been with all sorts of shenanigans exposed. So it's pleasant for the Dame to turn her attention to pure literary endeavour in our little community.
Her good friend, and long-time Chelsea resident, Edna O'Brien, has written a masterpiece in the novel form.
One celebrated reviewer wrote below of the Little Red Chairs: it's little wonder the Dame cannot put the book down.

"Ten years on from her last novel, Edna O'Brien reminds us why she is thought to be one of the great Irish writers of this and any generation.
When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall.
One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this astonishing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.

The novel is a story about love, the artifice of evil, and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world.
A narrative which dares to travel deep into the darkness has produced a book of enormous emotional intelligence and courage.
Written with a fierce lyricism and sensibility, The Little Red Chairs dares to suggest there is a way back to redemption and hope when great evil is done."

The Dame cannot think of a better present for cultivated friends and suggests a trip to John Sandoe Books


  1. A masterpiece of a book

  2. The Dame has definitely been drinking. But in the circumstances, no harm done.

    The old girl is to be congratulated on the new website - a wicked festive sense of humour and the derelict Putin Coleridge swinging from the chandelier

    1. and hopeless Cllr Palmer throwing snowballs.....

    2. 12:53...Owl
      What do you mean by 'no harm done'?

    3. On rare occasions the Dame has been known to over imbibe and pass out. To the consternation of those around her. And at other times her wicked pen has become erratic.

      On this occasion, a manifestation of peace and harmony and promotion of Christmas reading matter, is a far cry from the serious business of exposing what is rotten in the Rotten Borough.

      A "soft" Dame would be worse than the pox

  3. SIR MERRICK.P. COCKELL23 December 2015 at 15:39

    I think we should allow the Dame to indulge in her literary peregrinations. The old dear works hard exposing tomfoolery and deserves a bit of escapism. By the way, I am now making so much dosh that I bought my own Bentley

    1. You cannot be serious.

    2. SIR MERRICK.P. COCKELL23 December 2015 at 19:47

      And your Complaint about that?

    3. The Bentley car company used to be very particular about who they allowed to buy their motor vehicles. Unfortunately the day has come when any bit of rubbish that turns up can drive away in one

    4. SIR MERRICK.P. COCKELL24 December 2015 at 10:39

      You are obviously jealous that I was sufficiently entrepreneurial that I managed to bring up my family and frequent the Fat Duck on the back of my £130,000 a year allowances. You should be praising me for being able to wheedle my way to the top with nil business experience or academic qualification. Local government is the way to go if you have a very thick child-and to be honest I am none too bright.


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