Letters to The Hobbledehoy

Terri writes:

Hi Mike ! I’ve just discovered your website and Yeh, I love it! Do you know what I DON’T love??? I really REALLY don’t love having that orange douche bag in my Direct peripheral vision while watching a video. There’s no such thing as a good Trump pic….. but that one! Omg! Seriously?? Please please please please….. AT LEAST move it down the page … Because THAT MOUTH. It’s like my cats assh@le. Worse!

 Thanks for your time & Happy Monday

Hi Terri!
Thanks for visiting the website. You are so right – it’s time to move that cat’s asshole from the homepage. The link for “Trump’s Covid Timeline” will no longer be accompanied by an image of Trump.


Robert writes:

I live in the small town of Hana, Maui and I stumbled upon your website this evening. I have fallen madly for it. Do you have a subscription list? How do I find it regularly? I have bookmarked it and will search for it regularly. Great work!!!

Hi there Robert!
So glad you are enjoying the content. As the masthead reads, “I use the best, I use the rest” (And ‘thank you’ Johnny Rotten). Yes – you can subscribe to THE HOBBLEDEHOY and receive daily notices of new posts in your email.
I’d love to visit Hana, Maui someday. Must be beautiful.


K. Cam writes:

Bravo on the small and lovely community you have … I’ve been enjoying using the music recommendations and review posts to soundtrack the evenings as I create a new portfolio and redo my CV, it’s been helpful in keeping my blood pressure down. I hope working on this site provides you with some of the happiness it has given me to read it, it certainly seems to be maintained with care. If it’s not too poky I’d also like to ask, how do you curate posts for the site? 

Hey K. Cam!
Thanks and ‘cheers’ on keeping that blood pressure down. My BP also requires diligent watching. THE HOBBLEDEHOY curates content from multiple sources – fine newspapers such as The Guardian and The Scotsman; media companies such as BBC and NPR; and video platforms such as YouTube, of course. Because we feature British Folk music, we often curate music from the wonderful Folk Music UK website. We are careful to list our sources on each post.


Litte Sparta writes:

Hi Mike, We thought you might be interested in this: MEKONS singer Sally Timms joins alternative folk three-piece LITTLE SPARTA (featuring Mekons’ violinist Susie Honeyman) for new EP LOST BOAT PARTY out 29 July 2020 on Grey Gallery Records Listen to Lost Boat Party on SoundCloud

We LOVE Sally Timms and will check-out the new EP as soon as our breakfast dishes are washed and dried. We have featured Sally, Susie Honeyman, Jon Langford and Mekons music and news often. Cheers, and best of luck with Little Sparta!

Bulla writes:

Hello Sirs
” … I am not a drinker but I enjoy your posts on ale. I appreciate the effort and history behind each variety even if I don’t touch the stuff personally, the articles here have helped me to appreciate pubs more as someone who can’t handle the atmosphere or drink due to migraines.
Outside of music and alcohol I’ve also been intrigued by the other media peppered here. I have been going down the birding rabbit hole, which is a subject I did not expect to find here but who am I to complain about such an interesting smorgasbord?
I spent an evening exploring the concert videos which are a treasure, thank you for sharing them. I have also ran into a podcast (radio show? audio drama? does anyone really care what they’re called?) thanks to you called Annika Stranded. Isn’t it funny that the BBC is making shows about Norwegian detectives now? But I like it, I look forward to the sixth season appearing on this website at some point as the BBC deems my locality unworthy, for little fifteen minute bites the episodes has done their bit helping me cope with grief these last two months.”

Thank you, Bulla.
THE HOBBLEDEHOY hopes to post Season 6 of Annika Stranded soon. Nicola Walker is marvelous, isn’t she? Take care of those migraines and glad you are exploring birding as a new hobby.


Letters to The Hobbledehoy: From Murrow to GasLit!

Frank the Yank may agree with much of The Hobbledehoy’s regularly featured GasLit Nation podcasts, but Frank takes exception to the manner in with journalists Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa deliver their message.


I watched some of Gaslit Nation on Attorney General William Barr. I think the hosts [Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa] should speak in a calm tone and when reporting on Barr and Trump. Just state the facts.

They should go deeply into, for example, [Steve] Mnuchin’s background, but report this “layer by layer” without using charged words such as kleptocrats.

Fox News is an obvious example of a slanted network, but CNN appeals to the liberals using the same sort of tactics, as does MSNBC.

Whether for the purpose of pursuing larger audience share and more ad revenue, this needs to stop, and [Gaslit Nation’s Kendzior and Chalupa] should bear that in mind. Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, et al., would turn in their graves listening to a “News” channel today.

Hell, in the ’60s I was a Nelson Rockefeller fan, and Nelson and even Goldwater, would think twice about joining the today’s Republican party. They might be considered too liberal to be a member!

Someone save us.

Frank the Yank

Edward R. Murrow

Letters to The Hobbledehoy

I just wanted to thank Fintan O’Toole for the fine article he wrote about our president. Last I heard his article is going viral. The article was spot on, but please tell Fintan that it is MUCH worse than he wrote or could imagine.

Trump is unraveling minute-by-minute and many of us believe he is mentally ill. Yesterday he said there will soon be 5 million COVID-19 tests a day. Less than an hour later he said he never said that?

I am thinking of visiting Ireland. I am a black fellow who took the DNA test thing and found out I am 15% Irish. Erin Go Bragh!

I plan to visit and track down some of my distant relatives and say, “Surprise!” 🙂

Steve Williams


Thanks for writing THE HOBBLEDEOY, Steve. We agree with you – Fintan O’Toole’s piece on Trump was first rate. Absolutely you should visit Ireland and then tell THE HOBBLEDEHOY all about your trip! The West coast is amazing; wonderful music in Ennis and Doolin. Check out the Dingle Peninsula if you can. Rick Steve’s website is the best place to start your trip. Cheers and stay well !

Letters to The Hobbledehoy: “Twat”

Steven writes to The Hobbledehoy:


“Is there an alternative British meaning to the word: “twat?” or is it the same over here? the [Trump] essay is brilliant until the very last line.”

Interesting question, Steven. I do believe that expression is used far more extensively in Britain than in the U.S. The wonderful Scottish singer Shirley Manson discusses her use of the word ‘twat’ and other swear words here.

I myself use the expression only occasionally, and exclusively in reference to men.

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