The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


Letters in a bottle

When I was teaching in the 1980’s. my class wrote letters which were placed in a bottle. Continue reading



On the stupidity of man – a meditation

I remember watching this many years ago. It’s still good. This channel alone has had almost ten million views – and this video appears elsewhere too.  Continue reading

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Oh, poor poor women – so downtrodden!

This Furlong gets really tired of the moaning of women nowadays. I don’t want anything to do with them – Feminazis make me cringe with shame.  Continue reading

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Horse beating

This blog is called “The Last Furlong” after a painting by Marjorie Owens which appears in the heading. Marjorie Owens was a tiny woman who trained horses and painted them too. The Furlongs have several of her originals. She was also a Rupert Bear illustrator. Continue reading


Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink

I didn’t realise how VERY bad the drought in the Cape, South Africa is, until a reader of this blog alerted me to it.

They spent time this morning, collecting their water.

In Cape Town itself the situation is becoming dire.

“Four million citizens will be expected to collect 25 litres per person from one of 200 collection points,” he said. “A true nightmare scenario is developing before our very eyes.” Link

Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water?

“The technology to connect people to a water supply has been around since ancient Egypt. It’s not a technical problem,” he says.

Well, bloody hell? Really? You could have fooled me!

The best we can do at the moment is a Graphene-based sieve. that turns seawater into drinking water….in TINY quantities.

We can insert stents into hearts in a day clinic, we can photograph Mars, we can drone-attack a single person, we can run a car on water, we can dive miles down into the ocean trench, we can feed millions of people in huge cities with efficient food-supplying systems but we can’t get water for our consumption from the sea!




Cowardly perpetrators

I am absolutely sick of the phrase ‘cowardly perpetrators’. Continue reading

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Darkest Africa

Education, education, education. said Tony Blair. I myself have always thought education was the answer to ignorance and folly. Continue reading