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About Robert Tickler

A man of financial substance, Robert has a wide range of interests and opinions to match. More Posts

A day at Sissinghurst

I have a friend on the Rust who is addicted to the TV hospital programme Holby even though he has a phobia of hospitals. It’s much the same with me and gardens. I could not name you a single flower nor plant but like nothing better, especially in summer, than to roam in gardens. In their later [...]

July 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

A lifestyle change

I have made the decision that after 45 years of driving to hang up my car keys. These days I only do 1000 miles annually and its always been at the front of my mind not to replace my ageing Volvo. Three incidents in the last fortnight hastened my decision: 1) my tyre burst fortunately close to my [...]

July 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

Royal Ascot

On both Wednesday and Thursday I watched on TV the horse racing at Ascot. This I did with a certain degree of sad nostalgia as Ladies Day (Thursday) was one of our few regular family outings. My father, a conscientious doctor, would do his morning surgery which made for a late start. My mother, [...]

June 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

A star is struck

The first fund I bought 5 years ago when I had a windfall was Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income Fund. Everyone in finance had heard of his brilliant stewardship of Investco funds when he out-performed the market and avoided the dot.com bubble. However, when I had lunch soon after its [...]

June 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

More techno travails

Yesterday I spent an unsuccessful hour in a mobile shop I patronise trying unsuccessfully to sort out why the wifi on my iPad does not function. The problem seems to be yet another frustrating dead end loop. To get it to work I needed to download an IOS upgrade but could not do so as I had no wifi. [...]

June 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A visit to the Alma Mater

Yesterday i was invited to a lunch for benefactors at my old Cambridge college, Magdalene. I have been an irregular visitor since I left in 1975 . The sad passing of my best friend there in January would inevitably tinge any such visit wth sadness but it was not a reunion as the benefactors were [...]

June 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

Technology’s great as long as it works…

I am a man of simple but defined tastes. Once these were mainly Epicurean but now I’m never happier than with a book in hand, view to enjoy and pleasant music to accompany. You might have thought that all three were easily achievable but not the music element. It all started some two months ago [...]

May 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Medical and internet matters

Yesterday I received the good news that my kidney stone has passed. Over my five and sixty years I get a stone roughly every 10 years and it’s intensely painful. A calcified stone forms in the ureter, blocks the bladder which sets off a acute pain. At my last appointment last week, the [...]

May 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Mobile disaster or was it?

Yesterday I put some trousers – on which I had spilled something in the washing machine – without realising my mobile was in the back pocket. On hearing a suspicious clunking noise and being unable to locate it, I put 2 and 2 together. Fortunately it was still in the back pocket, there [...]

April 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Prom revisited and poor letting practice

Yesterday on a gloriously sunny day when the temperature reached 21 degrees we made a long walk on the Prom to an apartment block well past the Negresco. The reason for this is that sadly the flat we have rented is going to be sold and if we are to revisit Nice we must relocate. A balcony is an [...]

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

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