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Phew! What a Scorcher!

One of my regular purchase these last fifty years has been Private Eye the satirical magazine founded in 1961 by amongst others comedian Peter Cook, Andrew Osmond and Peter Usbourne. I’m a firm believer in turning over every proverbial stone and exposing the shady dealings, inconsistencies, [...]

May 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s going to get worse before it gets better

You’d think things couldn’t get much more extraordinary and depressing these days as we continue to inhabit the dark days of the Brexit crisis, the President Trump era and goodness knows what else. It is now 221 years since Thomas Malthus first published his Essay On The Principle of [...]

May 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

Suddenly a flash from the past

I spent the weekend on the south coast, spending time with my 93-year old father and his current residential carer. He’s currently on reasonable form as it happens though, as is the nature of these things, he’s on a path from which you never get back to being your former self. One of the [...]

May 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

No change there, then?

These days the comedian Frankie Howerd has – as is sometimes the lot of showbiz people with a particular persona or style – somewhat fallen out of fashion and I doubt that anyone under the age of forty has ever heard of him. There was even a period in the late 1950s and early 1960s [...]

May 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Days in the sun – and then another yesterday

To Brighton yesterday by train for a gathering of old friends for nothing more important than a thoroughly enjoyable lunch in the unexpectedly hot bright sunshine in an establishment overlooking the marina. It is in the nature of human existence that stuff constantly happens, paths differ, fortunes [...]

May 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Mine’s a half!

These are strange times indeed, with the summer’s highly-anticipated international cricket season now fast approaching and four English clubs contesting European football’s elite championship cups, albeit in distant parts. Meanwhile, nearer home UK politics remains trapped in a Brexit [...]

May 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Positive action doesn’t always match reality

[I am putting on my tin hat as I begin this post …] From time to time on this organ our contributors pass comment upon the domination of the media by ‘right-on’ PC-driven campaigners, in ‘equality for all’ mode, demanding greater representation in all areas of UK life [...]

May 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thrilling spectacles may be the order of the day

Yesterday afternoon at 4.50pm I joined the family in front of the television in order to watch the European Champions Cup Final between the holders Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park, Newcastle (kick-off 5.00pm). The venue – Newcastle United’s iconic football stadium (almost sold out to [...]

May 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rendering unto Caesar

According to legend – or rather Plutearch’s Life of Caesar – Julius Caesar used the phrase “Veni, vidi, vici” [translation: “I came, I saw, I conquered”] in a report to his friend Amantius after achieving a swift victory during his war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of [...]

May 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

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