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Town and country

It’s funny how townie and country-dwellers have different perspectives on life as it is or ought to be lived. An example of what I mean is the story I heard or read somewhere about the formerly all-round hero film-maker (now somewhat discredited because of rumours or worse about his [...]

April 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Skripal case

Here’s a useful piece by Nicola Davis as published today upon the website of – THE [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

An alternative ‘take’

In the last couple of days I have either listened to and read a number of appreciations that have resulted from the sad news of the death of Eric Bristow, the darts player, from a heart attack suffered at an event in Manchester. On  the Radio Five Live Up All Night programme – hosted by [...]

April 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Lunch at Blue Beach

Sometimes – often actually – the simple pleasures in life are the best. Yesterday I met Sebastian, a former soldier who decided to make a new life for himself in Nice, and who always has been helpful in advising on Niocis matters. He is our man on the ground and my pleasure to invite [...]

April 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

You live and learn most days

I cannot remember which Southern railways franchise has been getting all the flak for the past few years but it’s entirely possible that it’s the one that sends trains from the London terminals down towards Portsmouth Harbour upon which I travelled to Chichester in West Sussex yesterday [...]

April 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Then and now – is it really progress?

The subject of how society evolves over time is a complicated thing, especially when you’re an oldie. Not least because you can remember the days when things were different and you just got on with it. Particularly when it comes to social attitudes and humour, because they will always only be [...]

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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

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

And here’s another one

Modern life is a state in which social media, fitness, eating well and diets all play their part – indeed these days it seems there seems scarcely a week goes by without some new ‘latest fad’ becoming the thing of the hour. Here’s an interesting piece by nutritionist Pixie [...]

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

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