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A truly memorable night of live televised British boxing

Yesterday I went to bed at 6.30pm, awoke again at 8.15pm, and decided to come downstairs and watch some television. Let me explain that: I’d been up since 1.00am and had not found the opportunity to have my usual late morning or early afternoon nap – how I managed to stay awake until after [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chateau and the ballet

The flat I rent is adjacent to the Chateau of Nice. In the book that Henry reviewed and I read – The Riviera at War – it refers to this being a place for German ordnance to fire on the Allies in the event of sea attack. You can see why as it’s atop of a hill on a promontory between [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera at War//George Kundahl

This is a most detailed account of World War 2 on the Riviera by American writer George Kundahl. Sometimes it is difficult to extricate themes from the mass of statistic. Nonetheless the account serves to enlighten the reader on a relatively undocumented region and theatre of war. The Riviera [...]

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bias, of course, depends upon where you’re coming from

Over the past few weeks, probably closer to months now, my posts to this organ have been rather thin on the ground – partly because admittedly I’ve had other things occupying my time and interest, but mainly because of a growing impression in my mind that could be filed under either ‘no [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Town and country

It’s funny how townie and country-dwellers have different perspectives on life as it is or ought to be lived. An example of what I mean is the story I heard or read somewhere about the formerly all-round hero film-maker (now somewhat discredited because of rumours or worse about his [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dolce Vita Confidential /Shaun Levy

I very much enjoyed this affectionately appreciation of Cinecitta, the great rise and contribution to world cinema by Italy, which is also known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.” I am a huge fan of Italian cinema and the book is a worthy addition to my film library. Yet it is more than just a film [...]

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Then and now – is it really progress?

The subject of how society evolves over time is a complicated thing, especially when you’re an oldie. Not least because you can remember the days when things were different and you just got on with it. Particularly when it comes to social attitudes and humour, because they will always only be [...]

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

It ain’t like it used t’be (and that’s both good and bad)

For my sins, last night I had spent just over £20 to Sky Box Office for the privilege of watching Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker ‘live’ from the Principality Stadium over twelve rounds on points last night and thereby become holder of three (or is it four?) world heavyweight championship [...]

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera art and a mysterious Dutchman

One of the great attractions of the Riviera is the quality and exhibition of its art. Not that many great painters were actually born there but many were drawn by its light, lifestyle and opulence to resettle: Miro, Picasso, Matisse, Chagall all moved here. One of the most interesting stories is [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

Like Bob, I always look forward to the annual Rust pilgrimage to Nice with girlie expectation. We might even start another great Rust debate as to the merits or otherwise of visiting the same place. On one hand, we all know Nice well as this is our third time but on the other as life draws on [...]

March 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

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