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A visit to London

Last night I arrived to spent the weekend with my eighty-eight year old father. Bringing me up to speed with what he had been doing this week, he recounted his experience of standing on the pavement, attempting to hail a taxi cab on the main road at Notting Hill Gate. After some time a taxi [...]

December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Battening down the hatches

The news that the UK’s Environment Agency and Met Office have issued warnings about a blast of windy arctic conditions that will sweep the country today and tomorrow (Friday), causing widespread severe flooding on the east coast is naturally causing alarm amongst those who might become affected. [...]

December 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Press articles – Sunday 1st December 2013

Here are some UK press website articles that might be worth a look this weekend: A new poll of EU countries reveals a gulf between the attitude of voters in the UK towards the EU and those of voters in EU countries towards the UK being in or out – see here – THE GUARDIAN/OBSERVER Matthew [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Listening to the news as it happens

In the wee hours, as usual, I have been awake and listening to the BBC’s round-the-clock Radio Five Live. Live radio and television – or, more accurately ‘live’ broadcasting mixed with recorded items – tends to proceed as planned, and as its viewers/listeners expect, unless and until some [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

As if from a different planet …

Yesterday I had occasion to travel to Liverpool Street for an appointment with an orthopaedic consultant, exactly seven weeks after suffering a hip/thigh injury whilst playing golf on a hilly course. In normal circumstances – i.e. at any point in the previous four decades – this turn of events [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Messrs Cameron and Miliband – the perfect cure for insomina

Today I had taken the precaution of coming to the BBC2’s Politics Show hosted by Andrew Neil (Prime Minister’s Questions ‘live’ from the House of Commons) armed with a cool beer and half a baguette sliced horizontally into two pieces laden with Philadelphia cream cheese, one topped with [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Police reputation under pressure as ‘Plebgate’ enters new phase

Many years ago, I met up for a drink with a friend who had just become a pupil to a junior barrister. I should perhaps explain that the latter was actually the wrong side of fifty, but – because he had never ‘taken silk’ (become a QC) – he was still technically a ‘junior’. My pal [...]

November 27, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again!

The shortlist of ten nominees for BBC Sports Personality of The Year were exclusively announced on the BBC’s The One Show shortly after 7.00pm last night. They are as follows: Justin Rose (golf) Hannah Cockcroft (paralympic cycling) Chris Froome (cycling) Leigh Halfpenny (rugby union) Christine [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

One more dialogue of the deaf

This week’s threatened Tory backbench revolt – and its political ramifications – over the Ministry of Defence’s plan for the reduction in size of the regular Army from 102,000 to 82,000 to save money, to be compensated for by an increase of the ‘Reserve’ (territorials) to 30,000, up [...]

November 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

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