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Looking for the future

As die-hard rock and blues fans, my brothers and I like a bit of live music and so, on a half-recommendation picked up by one of us in Putney’s Half Moon pub, we congregated last night at The Borderline club off the Tottenham Court Road to watch some young bands strut their stuff. It’s been a [...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

An underwhelming BAFTAs evening

I’m scarcely one to talk, as these days I rarely watch films – the last two I have seen in the cinema have been Formula One-related (the outstanding 2010 documentary Senna and 2013’s drama-documentary Rush) and this despite the fact I don’t even like motor racing – but, having [...]

February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Difficult issues

Ten days ago, at a lunch with some mates, the topic of celebrity sex-charges came up largely because the William Roche and Dave Lee Travis cases were then nearing their end. The consensus – unaided by any personal attendance at the trials and therefore based entirely our ‘reading’ of media [...]

February 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

A gap in understanding

My offering today will no doubt offend some of my ‘sister’ post-feminist scribes, but it addresses one of the dilemmas for modern women – the gap between what the vanguard of equality-strivers demand, largely for themselves, and the true concerns and instincts of the majority. Before anyone [...]

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Still bubbling …

Few things – not even politics – promote opinion and controversy like sport, which is half the reason it’s so central to modern culture and makes for such compelling viewing. Currently two leading sportsmen – one a soccer player, the other a cricketer – who may have departed [...]

February 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Postscript to a seaside holiday

With my daughter joining her husband upon a business trip on July 2012, it felt to my wife Beth and I (as grandparents) to step into the breach – as it were – and look after the grandchildren for a two week period. Having previously done a sea cruise and trips to Wales and Cornwall in the [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The need for perspective

Maybe I’m going ga-ga in my old age, but some of the news items currently occupying the media are increasingly causing me angst, frustration and irritation. Take the issue of what can be described as the British happy-clappy, politically-correct, ‘compensation culture’, for example. This week [...]

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Be careful what you wish for

I’m sure that in the right situation – perhaps a private dinner party with friends – Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman is a warm, funny, charismatic lady. However, in public, she increasingly comes across to this observer as an over-serious, prim, hectoring, one-track mind promoter of [...]

February 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The EU dilemma

In terms of assessing the evidence and expert opinion, I am neither intelligent or nor perceptive enough to know whether – in practice – Britain would be better off in or out of the EU. They say that, as a rough guide, there as many different economic theories in the world as there are [...]

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another one leaves the stage

Having awoken at my usual ungodly hour this morning – not to tune in to live coverage of the Super Bowl but simply because I went to bed at 8.30pm last night – I dressed, made my jug of coffee and came to the computer, where Radio Five Live was awash with the ‘breaking’ news of the [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

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