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The song remains the same

The political party conference season is almost over. We’ve had those from Labour, the Tories – somehow perhaps missed UKIP’s and the Green’s along the way – and now we’ve got the Lib-Dems’, which is taking place, or has just taken place [it’s difficult to tell] in Glasgow. In a [...]

October 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

The old ways are the best

Call me old-fashioned if you will but, when it comes to shopping and services, I prefer the personal touch, I get quite a lot of flak as an outdated dinosaur but recent experience proves I am not such a silly old buffer. I wanted four tickets for the two World Cup rugby games at the Amex. This [...]

October 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Back in the old routine

I’m not sure whether it’s just because we’re within eight months of a General Election – or indeed whether David Cameron and/or his Coalition generally is the main culprit – but it appears to me that, more than ever, our politicians are currently obsessed with ‘gesture [...]

October 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

A day at the coast

Earlier this year my elderly father joined a couple  in his village [I shall call them ‘A’ and ‘B’ hereafter] in taking half-shares in a second hand catamaran 25-foot motor cruiser capable – at a considerable pinch – of sleeping four maximum, complete with a cabin, galley and [...]

September 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins fail to turn up (again)

After four matches of the new Premiership season, Harlequins now languish in 9th position with just 8 points – above only Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons and the hapless London Welsh, whom we happen play next weekend – and have scored just five tries, equal fewest in the league. This is the [...]

September 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Three into one won’t go

By a variation to the current deal between the RFU and the Premiership clubs agreed earlier this year, in the special circumstances of the 12 months leading to the Rugby World Cup England head coach Stuart Lancaster still has until the middle of October to name his Elite Playing Squad for the [...]

September 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The distaff view of life

Within reason and despite my age, I like to think of myself as a tolerant, liberal (with a small ‘L’) and equality-conscious individual in this modern world of same-sex marriages and let-it-all hang-out, in-your-face openness about areas of human life that hitherto – for thousands of years [...]

September 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

I suppose somebody has to do it

Last night – on a wide-ranging array of travels this week – I travelled out Oxford way to have dinner with my daughter and boyfriend who had not long returned from last weekend’s Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Having arrived with nearly two hours to kill because of a previous pub lunch engagement [...]

September 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Making my blood boil

Readers may recall that I had a full medical. The report was sent by email but in such a secretive and inaccessible way I could not open it. Firstly, my password failed, then in seeking a replacement the site was unable to offer one. Finally, when I spoke to the incompetents after I was given a [...]

September 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another bad day at the office

I am in favour of Premiership Rugby’s ‘A’ League – broadly speaking, a competition with eligibility limited to non-regular-starting 1st XV players. From a fan’s point of view, it provides the opportunity to assess those players who are who (1) are returning from injury; (2) otherwise [...]

September 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

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