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A retired academic, Jeremy will contribute article on subjects that attract his interest. More Posts

Just another day at the bank

My late father used to take a fairly robust attitude towards alleged corporate inefficiency, incompetence and/or poor practice which is why, whenever he came across a glaring example, he always contacted the head of the organisation concerned. He justified this practice on the basis that – in the [...]

February 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Going down to the water, but not drinking …

Being – to coin a phrase – an old age pensioner who necessarily lives somewhat hand-to-mouth, I have to confess that sometimes I have been less than sympathetic to the type of Brit who complains bitterly that they don’t have enough to live on, have to visit food banks etc. and then put the [...]

February 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

It Ain’t Right …

It’s funny how the modern world operates sometimes – I’m thinking of such recent phenomena as the ‘diversity’ row over at the recent BAFTA awards which even Prince William felt necessary to complain about, even though he’s President of the ruddy organisation. As an oldie, what strikes [...]

February 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sometimes it comes to this

I once heard an interview in which the learned guest offered the statement “If you ask forty-two economists their view, you’ll get forty-two different answers”. Arguably – if you’re anywhere as cynical as I am – the logical extension of this dictum is the assumption that, if just [...]

January 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

How the world goes around

As I begin today’s post I need to declare an interest – I do not believe in God. That registered, I would also like to add that I do not consider myself to be anti-religion per se, say in the style of Professor Richard Hawkins who delights in crusading (to use a word) against those who [...]

January 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Get real, people!

Overnight, as is my wont, as I went about my business I also had my computer tuned to the BBC’s Radio 5 Live station. The big current affairs issue of the moment was the aftermath of the recent horrendous London Bridge terrorist incident in which three people were killed (one the perpetrator) and [...]

December 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

A sense of perspective

One of the troubles with being over a certain age is that – having necessarily and inevitably lived one’s youth and maturing years in a society with one set of mores – it’s often quite easy to get suckered into raising an eyebrow (and sometimes more, e.g. one’s hackles) at the [...]

November 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s happening all the time

There are two sides to almost everything and it occurred to me the other day that – in the context of ageing – this applies even to the supposed vicissitudes of a fading memory. As I get older I find myself not only becoming more forgetful but also being accused more often of being so by those [...]

November 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and now … and then some

For those of generations after mine – and indeed my own to the extent that memories may be fading – one of Britain’s light-entertainment stars of yester-year was proud Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978). Pickles’ signature radio programme Have A Go graced the BBC airwaves from 1947 to [...]

October 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

A feature of the modern world

With a nod to “When did you last stop beating your wife?” – the legal phrase allegedly deployed recently and controversially by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC – I wished to turn today to the vexed subject of gender. In doing so, and being (as I am) sufficiently ‘in touch’ to be [...]

October 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

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