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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

What’s in a name ?

Yesterday I had lunch with an old school chum. He is something of an internet entrepreneur who developed a successful airline reservation site. Conversation turned to how best to deal with long haul flights. I mentioned how germs incubate and mutate in the cabin. My chum’s remedy was to take a [...]

October 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of conversation

According to Arthur Nelson the young have lost the art of conversation but yesterday proved that amongst our Rust Belters it’s still going strong. At 31 my p/a Polly is hardly blue rinse let alone silvery, indeed as a triathlete she is a picture of glowing health looking like a Nordic ski [...]

October 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

The journey from hell

One of my favourite films is Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Steve Martin, an advertising executive, has to get back from New York to Chicago for thanksgiving. It rapidly turns into a journey from hell, shared by John Candy – a shower curtain [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Happy Ending

A month or so ago I was contacted by a policewoman called Jade in connection with the theft of my wallet. The incident was caught on CCTV so it seems a routine case especially as the perp (I still prefer the more antiquated ‘chummy’) was filmed getting into his car whose number plate revealed [...]

October 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

National Speed Awareness Course

After I was penalised for the second time for breaking the 30 mph limit near my home I elected for the speed awareness course rather than the points. I was caught in a speed trap as the dual carriage way (I learned in the course that my definition of one was wrong) in just 20 yards goes from 50 mph [...]

October 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Passing the MOT ( twice)

On Monday my 20 year old Volvo passed its MOT and yesterday I passed my annual medical subject to the blood test revealing anything untoward. Cars have never interested me. I recall my dear old dad, who was forever changing cars till he bought a Bentley Continental and stuck with Bentleys for the [...]

October 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A brush with the law

I always enjoy the monthly visits of my window cleaner Phil. However like most most trades where I live his timekeeping is not the best. So I allocate a morning on the basis that he will be late. True to form I received a text yesterday that he was running late due to an incident at Costas. It [...]

September 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tickler’s Book of Practical Cats

A not infrequent occurrence in my household is the noise of crashing objects. At first I feared it was an intruder then I realised it my cat Cassius sighting another moggy whom we call the “little Madam”. The little Madam’s Manor is the boardwalk by the Marina and patios of various flats. [...]

September 25, 2018 // 0 Comments


I recently read an article on Marie Kondo, an expert on decluttering, which she has made into a global business charging her superfans £1675 for one of her seminars. This accompanies her best selling book Spark Joy: an Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying which sold 5 million copies. [...]

August 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A bad day at the coast.

When I retired from my life in commerce some 7 years ago and moved down to the coast some 4 years ago, I had hoped that “a bad  day in the office’, when through no fault of one’s own matters spiral out of control in a horrible downward vortex, was a thing of the past. Not so and yesterday [...]

August 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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