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A memorable experience

Do stop me if I’ve told you this one before! Yesterday, as I was tidying up the sitting room, in a cabinet – amongst my CD collection – I came across a battered old cassette album of operatic arias sung by the Bulgarian dramatic soprano Ghena Dimitrova (1941-2005). I had no means of [...]

June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s like cool

Yesterday I was travelling by train. I had my Saturday papers of choice, the Telegraph and Independent, and was looking forward to a leisurely read. Two young women then decided to sit opposite. As is so often the case, however hard I tried to read the papers, I found myself listening to their [...]

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

A scan experience

Yesterday, because of my hip/groin problem, I went to hospital to have an MRI scan on my lower spine. I’m a veteran of MRI scans, in the sense I had one about two months ago on my hip. More recently I visited a new consultant who informed me I would probably be in line to have a hip replacement [...]

May 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Search called off

I’m up early this morning and the sad news has just been confirmed on Radio Five Live that the US coastguards have called off their search for the four missing Brit sailors, having found the overturned hull of the Cheeky Rafiki and established that their lifeboat was never even deployed. Here’s [...]

May 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

A thumbs-up for a musical idol

According to reports in the media overnight, fears are growing for the health of former Beatle Paul McCartney, 71, now hospitalised in Tokyo by some form of virus that has caused the cancellation of four gigs in the Far East in advance of a 19-date US tour planned to begin next month. Despite this, [...]

May 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

An old friend drops by

After lunch at the coast yesterday, I spent some time sitting with my father on the terrace overlooking his lawn, ‘chewing the cud’ together. With thunderstorms and torrential rain predicted for today, the weather couldn’t quite make up its mind and was alternating weak sunshine with dark [...]

May 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here, m’Dear …

Back in the Dark Ages of the 20th Century, simply for our own enjoyment, some pals and I spent a proportion of our leisure time producing nakedly self-indulgent sports magazines – the first devoted exclusively to boxing and the second attempting to broaden our unique approach to all sports that [...]

May 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Against all odds

I return to this subject today, after a degree of soul-searching and a discussion with the editor of the National Rust, and I need to come clean as to why. Like most people, sometimes I hold views that might be controversial in certain company. But, being a wimp (or should that be ‘a normal human [...]

May 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The joys of community life

I am a firm believer that when you relocate to a new place you should patronise local business. I’m more accustomed to shopping at Fortnums than the troubled Co-Op group, but I had to visit one of their shops to refill a gas and then eletricity key card. Whilst in the locale I explored for a [...]

May 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (27): almost beyond belief

Strewth! No sooner than I put away my Harlequins underpants, oncie and jester’s hat, and then signed off for the season, than Stuart Lancaster announced the second batch of his England training squad for the tour of New Zealand next month. We Quins fans mustn’t get carried away, because – for [...]

May 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

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