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The Conference season merry-go-round begins

The annual autumn political party conference season is upon us. I state as much for those who might thus far have missed it – and that could be most of us because the Liberal version has already been and gone to nil effect, but what’s new about that? Currently the Labour equivalent is cranking [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

A missed opportunity … or were the gods just against it?

Yesterday, on the back of my Rust piece about Danny Cipriani on Saturday, I made a point of watching the Gallagher Premiership match between Saracens and Gloucester at Allianz Park – broadcast live on BT Sport – specifically to see DC’s match-up against Owen Farrell, who on the day was [...]

September 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

A brutal end to a rainy night

Last night I watched the Anthony Joshua versus Alexander Povertkin world heavyweight championship clash at Wembley Stadium on pay-per-view for the princely sum of £20.95 via (I think it was) Sky Sports Box Office. This was a spur of the moment decision on my part prompted by a variety of things. I [...]

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things are inevitable

England head coach Eddie Jones is no stranger to controversy – some might say he thrives upon it – but even he must be puzzled by this week’s furore in the press and social media about his non-selection of the mercurial Danny Cipriani for his early England training squad in advance of this [...]

September 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Here’s another fine mess …

There’s little doubt that the overwhelming majority of the UK electorate is heartily sick of the subject of Brexit which has been dominating the thoughts and schemes of our political establishment – like no other issue – ever since the morning of 24th June 2016 (date upon which most [...]

September 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

When it comes to this

Spending time recently with my aged father has prompted a range of emotions and observations. Clearly, as anyone goes beyond the age of ninety, those close to him or her appreciate that things – and they – are not how they once were and therefore in one sense you are dealing with a whole new [...]

September 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A flying visit

Families – nothing surprises you. Last Saturday I was minding my own business in the relaxed ‘newspapers & morning TV’ post-breakfast period when my smartphone rang on my computer table, causing me to utter my habitual “Oh, for ^”@*s sake! Why can’t people leave me alone?!” It was [...]

September 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rugby-watching on the box

Yesterday – with the family away for the bulk of the day – I managed to settle in and watch three rugby matches live on television and still have time to prepare the evening meal in time to watch the opening stanza of Strictly Come Dancing which my youngest daughter insists is mandatory viewing [...]

September 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just a ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ thought

Last night I went to Oxford for an evening meal – a round trip of five hours – and spent much of my driving time listening to Radio Four and/or Radio Five Live – both of whom’s air-time that was much devoted to the two Russian ‘ordinary members of public’ or [...]

September 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

How it all works

Years and years ago – in the early 1970s – I once interviewed Tony Elliott, sometime husband of Janet Street-Porter, who is best known for having founded and being the original editor of Time Out magazine, the alternative ‘entertainment’ guide to what was on in London. Being [...]

September 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

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