"The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains" - Paul Simon
"When government doesn't agree with the people,
it's time to change the people" - Bertolt Brecht
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même maussaderie" - M. le Capitaine Grumpois
"My brain hurts" - Ed Winter
We regret there will be no new posts on this website for the time being.
This is for two reasons. Firstly our proprietor, variously known as The Grumpy Old Sod and "Captain Grumpy", has got himself involved with one or two other projects which are taking up more and more of his time. He's still grumpy, of course, but he doesn't have time to express his feelings except by swearing quietly under his breath and glaring a lot. He's also going to be away for several weeks writing his second novel, as quite a few people were foolish enough to buy the first one and even give it some rather good reviews. We're not going to tell you what it's called, though, because it's a secret.
(Update January 2016: He's now up to his fifth novel. He ought to be jolly pleased, but in fact he's now even more grumpy because people won't buy the damn things. 'Twas ever thus - you can take the man out of the grumpy, but you can't take the grumpy ... no, forget that, it doesn't work, does it? ...)
The second reason is that to some extent the website has served its purpose. You may have noticed, as The GOS has, that the mainstream newspapers are carrying an increasing number of just the sort of stories he has written about for the last eight years. It seems as though the nation has followed The GOS's example and taken to doing their own grumpy vituperation, becoming more and more alert to the stupidity and greed of those who govern us whether in Westminster, Whitehall or just the local council.
Global Warming, for instance, which has featured so often here, is now pretty much dead in the water. The BBC is under constant attack for being the extravagant lefty propaganda machine we all know and detest. Local councils are increasingly coming under fire for their arrogant attitude and greedy persecution of motorists and shoppers. We all now know that the EU aims to rob us of our rights and subject us to a pan-European socialist state. And probably the best bit of news is that the secretive, vicious Social Services agencies, the Family Courts and Court of Protection have been widely recognised for their nasty, bullying behaviour and the way they have blithely kidnapped children, broken up innocent families and failed the genuinely vulnerable boys and girls who really needed them. Which is all brilliant, frankly, because why should The GOS do all the work?
So he's taking a bit of a break. But while he's gone we've arranged to leave the website still available. There are literally thousands of pages for you to browse, because The GOS has been such a very busy boy, and the majority of the links in the Archive section still work, so go on, put your Grumpy Hat on and fill yer boots!
We will just repeat our usual warning that if you disagree with, or object to, anything on this site you are welcome to send us an email by clicking the contact button on the left. We probably won't reply, but hey, get it off your chest anyway. If that isn't good enough for you, you can always start your own website. This is ours, and make no mistake about it, we're still REALLY CROSS!
In the meantime our Grumpy Book is still available. It's called ...
BOOK OF THE ROAD
and other infuriating stuff
... with over 150 pages of inventive vituperation and dripping with sarcasm (as well as a few other stains of dubious origin) it includes some of the best early Grumpy Pages from this website, and the word f*cking appears at least eight times, seven of them on the same page. It will cost you just ten of your Earth pounds or the equivalent in dollars, euros, bhats, riyals or any other brand of Monopoly money.
Be the first Grumpy Old Git on your street to own it! The perfect Christmas gift, guaranteed to maintain that traditional mood of indignant apoplexy right through Boxing Day and possibly beyond. It'll ruin Christmas for everyone else but you'll have a whale of a time, we promise. Buy it from Amazon.co.uk or, if you have the misfortune to be an American, Amazon.com. Tell your friends. If you have any.
either on this site or on the World Wide Web.
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