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A man who ploughed his own furrow

Joe Cocker, the Sheffield-born rock and blues singer died yesterday in America, where he had lived for most of the past forty years. His distinctive rasping, soulful voice earned him many plaudits and fans, not least amongst journalists and major rock artistes around the world. Having always sung [...]

December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

A festive outing

I have two brothers and one of them lives in Wandsworth. Yesterday I travelled to a pub not far from there for my debut at an annual Christmas lunch he organises for his mates on a relaxed ‘anyone who can be bothered to turn up’ basis. He sends out an invitation to all and then decides where to [...]

December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments


The pantomime production of Cinderella has attracted no doubt intended publicity for the appearance of Linda Gray of Dallas fame as the Fairy Godmother. She has in her career showed versatility both in directing Dallas and in stage appearances as Mrs Robinson in The Graduate. However she is [...]

December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

From the bunker …

Although many normal human beings seem to be signed-up to an ‘any excuse for a party’ attitude, generally-speaking – since I’m not a great one for organised jolliness – the whole Christmas/New Year festive thing tends to pass me by. It’s nothing to do with me being un-religious. [...]

December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Be wary of what you wish for

The topic of Scottish independence refuses to go away. Yesterday’s strange proceedings in the House of Commons, supposedly addressing the vexed problem of how to take forward the consequential issue of ‘English only votes on English only issues’, is the latest manifestation. [...]

December 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some people need to grow up

Apparently the news that Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton was anointed as the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year last weekend has caused a bit of a hoo-hah. There are a number of professional golfers (professional and otherwise), plus golfing and other sports journalists who, some [...]

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Is that it?

Last night my brother and I nipped down to the London Irish ground at Hazelwood in Sunbury-on-Thames for the last Premiership A League match of 2014. We’d been warned by the Quins website to arrive early because car parking at the ground was limited (that information was correct) and so – [...]

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Away with an excuse

This doesn’t sound entirely rational but, having just returned from a two-man 24-hour trip to Dublin for the European Rugby Champions Cup group stage clash between Leinster and Harlequins, last night I sat down and watched my long-form recording of the BT Sport coverage in order to gain a better [...]

December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

All in the preparation

Yesterday I drove to the south coast in order to collect my father and take him to a church in north London for the thanksgiving service of a family relative. As occasionally happens, he was in a mischievous mood. Driving up through the London traffic, in terms of our schedule rather too busy for [...]

December 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

And your point is?

The crazy thing about the war of the sexes is that it still makes the headlines. These days arguments over whether or not there have been disproportionately few great female artists, musicians, composers or political leaders down through history ought to be superfluous, but we still get the same [...]

December 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

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