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It ain’t like it used t’be (and that’s both good and bad)

For my sins, last night I had spent just over £20 to Sky Box Office for the privilege of watching Anthony Joshua beat Joseph Parker ‘live’ from the Principality Stadium over twelve rounds on points last night and thereby become holder of three (or is it four?) world heavyweight championship [...]

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk (again)

It is a universal given that there are certain types – one might say stereotypes – of executives in all walks of life. We could all list our own selection and I trust I won’t bore the reader unduly by offering a version of mine as an opening gambit: *the unrestrainable and supremely [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

You never think it will happen to you

Hmmnn … well, that was a quite eventful day. At 10.30am I set off to walk to my local train station to travel to central London for lunch with and old friend and a pal of his at a club in the rain. Apart from the Tube train – which was scheduled to depart as I reached the platform – [...]

March 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A short one about a not-so-short one

It is a fact of life that, whatever stage of life you are, it is not always easy to begin a new diet or fitness regime – or indeed give up something for Lent, as some try to do every year. Take the case of me and my new fitness regime which was scheduled to begin yesterday. I had everything [...]

March 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Cours Saleya market

You might be surprised to the answer to the question “What part of Nice do I enjoy the best ? It’s not the Promenade Des Anglais which can be tacky and scabrous in the middle section where peddlers and worse gather. It’s not the Chateau which has a lovely park with breathtaking views but [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A worthy man remembered – then and now

Sometimes life and historical research combine to throw up seemingly puzzling or even random media attention and/or ‘issues of the moment’. Take the current splash of publicity surrounding the remarkable tale of the splendid Walter Tull – the black or, to be specific, half-black [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey ho – another wasted prelude to the Boat Race

Saturday 24th March 2018: Aviva Premiership Round 18: Saracens v Harlequins at the London Stadium: Result – Saracens 24 Harlequins 11: latest league positions – Saracens 2nd on 57 points, Harlequins 9th on 36 points. Despite having just bought tickets to go to the last home match of the season [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

It felt right, so I did it

One of the great joys to be had as an oldie – no, make that at any stage of life – is to have possessed strange opinions or habits that for years others have either regarded as bonkers and/or worthy of inducing them to roll about on the floor fighting for breath amidst their hysterical, [...]

March 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

When I’m sixty four

I have a paradoxical view of birthdays. On one hand I am unconcerned about age. I don’t feel either my age nor my mortality, possibly as I nearly lost it 18 years ago with a terrible illness out of nowhere. I can never understand people who lie about age, my dear mother went as far as to ink out [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes things come to you in dreams

I awoke this morning and suddenly it came to me in a flash. It probably won’t work of course – partly because these things never do, and partly because I’m in the happy position of knowing virtually zilch about my subject this morning (Inheritance Tax issues) – but [...]

March 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

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