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That’s it – I’ll get me coat

The advance of female equality and emancipation knows no bounds – and not always in a good way. We have all experienced the phenomenon of enjoying too much of a good thing. For example, if you were an ice cream fan and suddenly got locked in an ice cream shop overnight, within two or three [...]

July 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

More frustrations

My travails with installation of utilities and services continue… Southern Water required a meter reading. I had no idea where the meters are. Barclays Internet enrolment rejected both my new and old post code. Barclays stockbrokers required identity proof of identity as  I am a new owner. [...]

July 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well that’s a relief!

Today I present another short bulletin from my current medical issues, following my return to a hospital clinic to see a consultant about my osteoarthritis-affected hip. There’s a media story doing the rounds at the moment about the ‘scandal’ of NHS hospitals making over £1 million per annum [...]

July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Inconvenient truths

I’m confused. Are there any absolute facts in this world? Those with religious beliefs appear to think so, though of course it depends somewhat upon which set of religious beliefs they possess because – of the full range – so many of them are incompatible. I refer not just to the differences [...]

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Image v reality

One of the interesting aspects of both Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile is the divergence between the public image and the actual personality. I have watched Rolf  Harris all my life and he came over as blokey, affable, endearing. Yet my memory is troubled by his compering of the Eurovision song [...]

July 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Meeting an old friend

Yesterday I invited my tutor at St Pauls for lunch at English’s in the Lanes in Brighton. In the open air on the terrace at my favourite table (92) there are few better places to eat. The old school has been rocked by scandal. This is not strictly true, as most of the scandals emanate from [...]

July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The inevitabilty of pain

I don’t know about you, but I am comfortable with my slightly insular approach to life. I hate being bothered by people, largely because it is not my nature to bother others (so why do they do it to me?) … It’s also a major frustration when either things that ought to happen, don’t [...]

July 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s the whole thing, stupid!

Wimbledon wouldn’t be Wimbledon without the odd ‘manufactured’ media controversy. Early contenders include an ungracious Frenchman – I won’t even bother to look up his name – who got beat and flounced out of SW19 saying he hated the tournament anyway. Good riddance to him. [...]

June 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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