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Recipe for a long life

According to reports in the media, the latest edition of the publication Psychological Science sets out the results of a survey conducted by researchers at Carleton University in Canada demonstrating that – at any stage of your life – having a purpose in life is a good strategy for having a [...]

May 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Moving on

Yesterday I was involved in moving from one of my residences to another. I organised the removal team with military precision but inevitably things happen and frustratingly cannot be found on arrival. My removal chaps were immensely helpful and it made me think what a broad based job they have. [...]

May 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shooting oneself in the foot

Yesterday I deliberately sat down to watch BBC2’s Daily Politics show, hosted by Andrew Neil. His first guest guests were James Delingpole of The Spectator and Daily Telegraph and wunderkind left-wing commentator Owen Jones, currently of The Guardian. One of the first topics of the day was the [...]

May 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why has the world got it in for me?

Yesterday was simple in prospect. My car had developed an engine fault – at least that’s what my dashboard screen was telling me – so I had booked it into a dealer garage on the south coast at 8.00am to have the matter attended to and, whilst they were at it, give the old bus its 70,000 [...]

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

A piece worth reading

It was inevitable that 2014 would see the beginning of a four-year media blitz in honour of the centenary of the First World War. So far, based only upon those I have come across, there have been many novel and insightful items – including contributions from ordinary members of the [...]

May 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why are we surprised?

Continuing my occasional series of noting instances of ‘alleged’ sporting performance-enhancing drugs cheats being caught, today here’s another Track & Field 100 metres man getting a rap – step forward the USA’s Tyson Gay – as reported on the website of the [...]

May 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

You win some, you lose some

As a senior citizen, I’m surrounded by reminders of the vagaries of growing old. I live with a range of aches and pains – both long-term and random – that arrive and then depart without ceremony. When I meet with pals I haven’t seen for ages, they tend to look very different [...]

May 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The old ones are the best

Yesterday I drove to the coast to spend a couple of days with my father. In the late morning, my brother arrived to join us for lunch. As the local pub turned out to be shut for the day, we strayed further afield and ended at a gastro-pub close to the sea-shore. My father has a reservoir of [...]

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sending a package

I had an encounter with the modern world yesterday and, on balance, came out roughly honours even. Son Barry, whom my avid readers may remember is a yachtsman, is currently based in Poland for a refit, pending continuation of his 16-month-and-counting voyage. The next stop-off had been intended as [...]

April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Track and field takes another hit

Continuing our series on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport, here’s a report on the 18 months ban announced yesterday on Asafa Powell for his alleged use of the stimulant oxilofrine. He, naturally, disputes both the finding of guilt and the sentence. See here – THE GUARDIAN [...]

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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