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“Never in the field of …” (or Sandy The Duck, Part Three)

This morning I have tried and failed to summon my best but inadequate Churchillian powers of composition in an effort to do justice to my third instalment of the stirring tale of Sandy The Duck. Regular readers, together with his 17 million global fans – the biggest ever reaction to a Rust story [...]

June 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just another day in the life

A vignette from yesterday. At some point during the morning, my 92 year old father’s carer rang from the coast to report an incident. As per usual, he had taken a cup of tea up to his bedroom at 7.00am in advance of returning a quarter of an hour later in order to get him up for the day and then [...]

June 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

What goes around sometimes bites back

It’s the nature of capitalism and life after all. You invent or find some item – whether at home or abroad – at a Cost A to you, prepare it for your intended customer market at a Cost B, and then ‘add a little something to the price for yourself’ (Cost C) – and bingo! – the [...]

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

This one will run and run

As someone who voted Leave in the EU Referendum, I must begin by declaring that interest. The political Establishment’s carping that ‘Leave voters had no understanding of what they were voting for, that’s why we must have a vote – or even a second Referendum – about [...]

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Those were the days

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing – if you can think back that far – and, as my kids keep reminding me, as my short-term memory fades by the day I shall probably soon be able to recall the Sixties and Seventies better than what happened last week despite the old counter-culture, rock [...]

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

An infinite variety?

Sometimes lists and historical industry overviews allow a combination of reflection and education. In the world of cinema I often find rewards from reading analyses of genres – horror, biography, sci-fi, comedy etc. – and/or the entire bodies of work of individual actors or directors, [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Paranoia – or what?

Those of us of a certain age sometimes emphasise with the famous line from Kenneth Williams (playing Caesar in Carry On Cleo, when confronted by the conspiracy to assassinate him) “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me …!” In which context here’s a link to a [...]

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

A battle won, but maybe not the War …

The struggle of oldies against the relentless tide of smart technology is eternal. Mine began some nearly four decades ago when a VHS recorder engineer arrived chez nous to install the new-fangled machine and casually asked whether we had any children – simply because widely-received opinion had [...]

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up to speed but unfulfilled

I’m still just young and in touch enough both to have heard of the concept of ‘guilty pleasures’ and know what it means. Often used in the context of television series or musical artistes, it is the situation whereby those of discerning, even progressive, mind are also simultaneously careful [...]

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Backing into the limelight again …

Today I’m breaking my vow of silence upon the subject of Brexit, moved to do so by pieces I have spotted overnight on newspaper websites. So far as I can tell nobody is disputing that the Government’s conduct of the UK’s ‘leaving the EU’ negotiations gives every impression of being worked [...]

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

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