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Calling all sensible UK citizens!

It’s confession time – I’m an agnostic when it comes to the Royal Family. I’m broadly content in principle with the modern version of the institution, i.e. the one that – whilst supposedly representing a fairy-tale romantic ‘continuation of the line’ and connection to our past [...]

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A flying visit to a flying museum

Yesterday – partly because we, particularly my father, had never been there before – his carer and I drove for two and a half hours to take my aged father to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in what I’d describe as the West Country but may just not be: put it this way, [...]

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Life goes on whatever

I have no evidence for my opening statement today beyond suspicion, however my hunch is that one of our contributors’ most frequently-revisited themes is the propensity of the modern all-enveloping world of the internet and social media to peddle endless contradictory theories or assertions. You [...]

September 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Quins-watch 2018/2019: first game of the season

Gallagher Premiership 2018/2019 – Round 1 (Saturday 1st September 2018): Harlequins v Sale Sharks at The Stoop: Result – Harlequins 51 Sale Sharks 23: Harlequins 5 league points (bonus point for 4 tries) Sale 0 league points: Harlequins 2nd in the league table, Sale Sharks 11th. Derek Williams [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Petworth House

Yesterday I visited Petworth House the home of the Percy family in West Sussex. I was motivated by a conversation I had with Alice Mansfield who had watched a TV programme on Petworth House called Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. Petworth House contains some eminent art works notably an unknown [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

England women qualify for football World Cup

Last night by chance I found myself watching the first half of the women’s international football match broadcast on BBC2 between Wales and England played at the Rodney Parade ground in Newport that was broadcast on BBC2 from 7.00pm onwards. This was a World Cup group match which would [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A high street adventure

Stop me if I’ve blogged on this subject before – or indeed if in the  past you have had similar experiences to those I’m about to describe – but in this day and age one of the things that metaphorically slaps me in the face every time I go out and about in my local high street is the sheer [...]

September 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Female tennis issues

I recently blogged on this organ on the subject of the French Open tennis authorities declaring that in future it would not be acceptable for Serena Williams to wear a cat suit on court during their tournament. Overnight I spotted this piece by Susie Mesure criticising the attitude of the French [...]

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

The omens are so-so, as usual …

As rugby union’s Premiership 2018/2019 season begins this weekend, here’s a timely dose of welcome realism from Paul Rees, as spotted today upon the website of – THE [...]

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Would you ‘Adam and Eve’ it?

Here’s another example of political-correctness gone mad. Today I spotted on the website of The Guardian an opinion piece by Chitra Ramaswamy claiming that Serena Williams being banned from wearing a black cat-suit like garment at the next French Open is an example of unacceptable [...]

August 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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