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From bad to worse?

Two posts in two days on Prime Minister David Cameron – I must be losing my marbles! It just seems to me that our beloved, rudderless, Leader has boxed himself into a corner on the question of the UK’s membership of the EU. Whether he’s doing this off his own bat, or being advised by juvenile [...]

June 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Shurely Shome Mishtake?

Did anyone out there, like me, find something decidedly weird about Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘apology’ for employing Andy Coulson at Number 10, following the guilty verdict reached against Coulson in the much-covered phone-hacking trial? As I saw it, it seemed to amount to: “I – and [...]

June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

That same old story

As regular readers of my sports pieces will be aware, although cricket was one of my boyhood obsessions, it no longer holds much interest for me. I put this down largely to the world constantly evolving – a concept which, generally-speaking, I embrace – and me gradually falling off the [...]

June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

A perfect day

Yesterday I rendezvous’d with a family friend in Emsworth in order to bring a new motor cruiser around the Chichester harbour estuary. Previously he’d had a smaller craft with an apology of a cabin, but this one was a belter with twin engines, a galley, a seated area, a sink and (lo and behold) [...]

June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t waste it!

“The funny thing is, I find the more I practice the luckier I get” – Gary Player’s famous response to someone who had suggested that a brilliant shot to the green during his just-finished round had involved a slice of good fortune – was far more than just a slick response to a cheeky [...]

June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments


It’s a strange fact of life that you wait for months for news but it often arrives when you are least prepared for it. I have been involved for over a year in an Executor’s sale of property which proved something of a saga . It was scheduled to complete yesterday, but my attitude was I [...]

June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Adapting creative ideas from the past for future exploitation

Down at the coast for the next ten days to sail, I spent most of yesterday on the Mountfield sit-upon motor-mower, playing catch-up on the ‘painting the Forth Bridge’ chore of clipping the various lawns. The Mountfield does the business okay but, from a layman’s perspective, comes with an [...]

June 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time …

My first-ever WW1 battlefield tour, over two decades ago now, began with joining a coach at Victoria Station which departed for a Channel ferry and then on towards Ypres. Our guide, a former military man who was rarely without a gin-and-tonic in one hand and a cigarette in the other, specialised in [...]

June 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Once more to the breach

After my MRI scan last week, yesterday I returned to hospital for steroid/anaesthetic jab on my troublesome hip which contains the beginnings of osteoarthritis. It’s a general fact of life – well, mine anyway – that, faced with undergoing some sort of novel medical examination or procedure, [...]

June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Strap yourselves in!

Family considerations already taken into account, I shall be up early  – well 0800 hours  UK time  – on Saturday 7th June in order to watch Sky Sport’s ‘live’ coverage of the first of three rugby tests that England play on their tour of New Zealand. In this piece I shall make [...]

June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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