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Watching the modern world go by

During the course of this week – amongst other things (of course, we must not forget Brexit) – the British media has been featuring of pair of stories that some might argue have the archetypal ‘two sides’ to them and they both concern the youth of the nation. We need to dig down into [...]

February 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Modern life

If you asked me to list the most negative aspects of modern life – and indeed possibly in the entire history of the human race – I would unhesitatingly nominate as joint Number One the 21st Century’s technological wherewithal [e.g. the internet, social media, website ‘cookies’, [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

A day in the country

Yesterday, in a state of some trepidation, I was summoned at relatively short notice to a country retreat whose location must remain secret in order to attend a senior editorial meeting of this organ. Our Leader, fresh from attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos, was keen to [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments


… and here’s a scribe after my own heart: Tom Peck, a sketch writer from a newspaper that is not my favourite, scores a direct hit on the Government’s Defence Secretary, as spotted overnight upon the website of – THE [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fings don’t always seem what they are, or used ter be …

Having briefly worked in television I’m broadly aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ – real or imagined – because, of course, in broadcasting (as in every aspect of life) very little is actually what it seems. Or perhaps that should read ‘necessarily what it seems’. Whether it’s a [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

In praise of simple things

Yesterday – bar one occasion when I was going to a social engagement that I felt necessitated a certain freshness and deliberately jumped in and endured a freezing cold one – I had my first ‘normal’ shower in my own home in exactly a month. It was an invigorating, luxurious, sensuous, [...]

February 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

In the realms of fantasy again

Sometimes in this crazy 21st Century world, even when on an organ like this you’re running an occasional (head-shaking-in-disbelief) column entitled Things Which Are Actually Happening But So Loopy That, Even If You Were Trying, You Couldn’t Possibly Make Up you begin to wonder whether in fact [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

And yes, you couldn’t make it up!

The UK Ministry of Defence does not have a particularly good reputation – and, down through history, its predecessors likewise. It was said that British Army’s approach to strategic and tactical planning at the time of the Crimean War (1853-1856) had barely changed from time of the Battle of [...]

February 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

He’s the Man

Administrators in the world of art and museums often spend a greater proportion of their time under fire for their apparent lack of acumen, ingenuity and inspiration than perhaps they should. Good intentions are fine, but in the modern world of political correctness, challenging economic [...]

February 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

The subjectivity and sincerity of different views

For my sins, yesterday I happened to watch a segment of Good Morning Britain, ITV’s early morning show anchored by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in which some advance relish Morgan took on an elected member of the Scottish Parliament – and the Scottish Greens spokesman on Europe – named Ross [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

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