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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

England v New Zealand – a worthy contribution

Following yesterday’s Twickenham encounter between England and New Zealand, a word about the refereeing performance of South Africa’s Craig Joubert. Folklore has it that the sign of a good refereeing outing is how little the official is noticed, but Joubert has a special place in rugby [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Diplomatic advice

When I emerged from sleep this morning, as ever to the sounds of Dotun Adebayo’s Up All Night on Radio Five Live, one of the first items I heard was a report on the latest from the Commonwealth Conference taking place in Sri Lanka. The headline was that presiding Sri Lankan president Mahinda [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch (5)

With Messrs Robshaw, Brown and Marler all giving a reasonable account of themselves in  England’s 22 – 30 loss to New Zealand at Twickenham yesterday, the attention of Quins fans has returned to the pressing issue of the moment – the Club’s stuttering start to the 2013/2014 season. The [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments


A key aggravation of descending into one’s later years is the need to take account of, and manage, one’s bladder and its attendant accessories. Fighting off the symptoms of ageing is, of course, an admirable but ultimately futile quest, which is why most of us gradually accept the inevitable [...]

November 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

22nd November 1963

A week away from the fiftieth anniversary of the violent end of US President John F. Kennedy’s life in Dallas, we are currently in the middle of a snowstorm of media pieces commemorating the event – and indeed reheated airings of the various conspiracy theories that first began circulating [...]

November 16, 2013 // 0 Comments


We learned this week that the older generation can maintain a brighter outlook on life in general by wallowing in nostalgia. A study by researchers at the University of Southampton, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, has concluded that those who are encouraged, for [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments


Next Monday, 11th November, will be the ninety-fifth anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of the First World War. Already the preliminary bombardment of books timed to coincide with 2014’s centenary of its commencement has begun – by my estimate there will have been at least fifty [...]

November 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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