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Wine tasting evening

The wine industry in all its forms is better than most in offering opportunities to women. There are several notable female wine critics – Jane MacQuitty and Jancis Robinson and half  of the writers on Decanter magazine. Last Thursday evening I attended  a tasting of South African and [...]

February 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Maybe we’re not all we’re cracked up to be

One aspect of the British psyche that has its good and bad angles is the innate belief that in this country, unlike the rest of the world, we do things properly i.e. always in line with the rules and/or with an instinctive imperative towards fairness, dignity, impartiality and straight-dealing. [...]

February 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Front Room (Seaford)

Yesterday, on my way to Brighton to see the publisher of this esteemed organ, I met up with Chloe an old school friend of mine whom I had not seen in nearly three years, in of all places the quaint little town of Seaford in East Sussex. You may ask why Seaford and I was just coming to that. Rather [...]

February 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Scientists – another fine mess they’ve got me into!

Doh! On Monday this week – like millions of others – I read the Rust website from cover to cover (as it were) and saw Wendy Lewis’s helpful post linking to the media story that broke over the weekend about a new social group. Never mind ‘millennials’, or [...]

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Reubens

They say the indicator of a good Chinese restaurant is the number of Chinese there. Reubens is the only kosher restaurant in the West End and there were a goodly number of  Jewish people in yarmulkas eating there. This might because they cannot eat anywhere else but nonetheless I felt assured. I [...]

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A bit of a diversion

Early this morning, trawling the internet in my daily attempt to both catch up with the world and alight upon something worthwhile to blog about, I found myself resorting to the YouTube website. This organ is a representative example of one of the strange phenomenons of the modern age that [...]

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A successful man-management lesson? Possibly …

Yesterday Quins prop Joe Marler was widely quoted in the press talking about how things have been since he re-joined the England training squad towards the end of his six-week ban after being re-carded for ‘clearing out’ TJ Ioane at a ruck with a deliberate shoulder-shot to the head, allegedly [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaking to an expert

I always say there is no substitute to speaking to speaking to someone at the coal face if you want to get to grips with an issue. I have been following the discussion on sick people consulting their pharmacist rather than their GP. At the moment there is pressure on the NHS as a sick person with a [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sometimes things happen as they should

Yesterday I had one of those days of which not much is expected – I had one or two things to occupy me, viz. a phone interview to conduct, an errand to carry out, an article to complete and three phone calls to make – and initially things didn’t quite happen as they should but then, from the [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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