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What we (don’t) get up to on weekends

One of those annoyingly-inane little surveys that appeared in the media this week was that offered by the website lastminute.com, which sought to suggest that up to 2.5 million Britons habitually lie about their plans for the weekend – i.e. seeking to make them sound more active and interesting [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Technology marches on

The news earlier this week that engineers at Sony have been developing a male ‘Smart-Wig’ is most welcome. According to media reports this item, which is intended to combine the benefits of simultaneously giving the wearer both the appearance of having a full head of hair – albeit taken [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Reaction to the 2015 Rugby World Cup tickets announcement

Yesterday’s announcement of venues and ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby World Cup has produced the inevitable acres of protest from media pundits and lobby interests alike. I have some sympathy for the tournament organisers. As with soccer World Cups and Olympics, there’s a degree to which both [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Scene from a senior life – (1)

  Having found in my fridge a forgotten – but not ancient – triangular tin of foie gras, picked up at the Eurotunnel supermarket on the way back from my most recent trip to the WW1 Western Front cemeteries, I opted to eat some on toast immediately. This decision was partly influenced by [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Messrs Cameron and Miliband – the perfect cure for insomina

Today I had taken the precaution of coming to the BBC2’s Politics Show hosted by Andrew Neil (Prime Minister’s Questions ‘live’ from the House of Commons) armed with a cool beer and half a baguette sliced horizontally into two pieces laden with Philadelphia cream cheese, one topped with [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Women, Sports and Looks

I happened to catch part of a phone in on Radio Five Live yesterday morning as I drove to a major supermarket to do my family’s weekly food shop. I don’t watch it myself, but friends had told me of a public meltdown by double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, a contestant on the latest [...]

November 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

As life goes by …

In my experience, once you get beyond a certain age, your lifestyle gradually changes in a subtle, almost unnoticed, fashion. Over the last decade, for example, I have tended to sleep less – or rather, it may be just that I sleep the same amount as always, but in a different pattern. I go to bed [...]

November 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Things to keep in mind

A true, unvarnished story. Yesterday I drove to see my eighty-eight year old father at his home, a few days in advance of a hernia operation he is to undergo next week. Over a coffee we went through the schedule for the day – i.e. the time I will arrive at his home to collect him; the time he is [...]

November 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sometimes you just cannot win …

Yesterday I travelled with my brother to the Public Records Office at Kew once again, engaged upon a quest to research a series of obscure WW1 soldiers for a project I am hoping to attempt. The experience prompted memories of ‘getting into trouble’ as a small boy at my boarding prep school. I [...]

November 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Struggling With Technology

It is a fact of life that a primary marker of the human ageing process is the degree to which an individual remains up to date with the latest developments in anything. Or, more specifically, where any person is at any particular time on the spectrum ranging from ‘up to date’ (at one [...]

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

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