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When it comes to this

Spending time recently with my aged father has prompted a range of emotions and observations. Clearly, as anyone goes beyond the age of ninety, those close to him or her appreciate that things – and they – are not how they once were and therefore in one sense you are dealing with a whole new [...]

September 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Nymans

Nymans House and Gardens is not your normal stately home. Unlike Petworth House it does not date back to William the Conqueror via noble families but to 1890 when a rich German Jewish emigre banker Ludwig Messel wished to set himself up as country gentleman and chose  a house in 600 acres set in [...]

September 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A flying visit

Families – nothing surprises you. Last Saturday I was minding my own business in the relaxed ‘newspapers & morning TV’ post-breakfast period when my smartphone rang on my computer table, causing me to utter my habitual “Oh, for ^”@*s sake! Why can’t people leave me alone?!” It was [...]

September 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Lasan/ Birmingham

I stand rightly accused of only leaving the South East for foreign parts and rarely visiting the gastronomic world of the entire UK. So here I am in England’s second city, Birmingham, a place I have barely visited or know. My preconception is that architecturally it is still in the sixties, all [...]

September 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Just a ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ thought

Last night I went to Oxford for an evening meal – a round trip of five hours – and spent much of my driving time listening to Radio Four and/or Radio Five Live – both of whom’s air-time that was much devoted to the two Russian ‘ordinary members of public’ or [...]

September 14, 2018 // 1 Comment

How it all works

Years and years ago – in the early 1970s – I once interviewed Tony Elliott, sometime husband of Janet Street-Porter, who is best known for having founded and being the original editor of Time Out magazine, the alternative ‘entertainment’ guide to what was on in London. Being [...]

September 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Royal China Club

The Royal China Club in Baker Street is their posh high-end restaurant in the well-known Royal China chain. The decor is more up market, the service excellent, the prices high. My only problem – and this applies to all Asian and Indian cuisine – is that gastronomically I cannot tell the [...]

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Calling all sensible UK citizens!

It’s confession time – I’m an agnostic when it comes to the Royal Family. I’m broadly content in principle with the modern version of the institution, i.e. the one that – whilst supposedly representing a fairy-tale romantic ‘continuation of the line’ and connection to our past [...]

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

A flying visit to a flying museum

Yesterday – partly because we, particularly my father, had never been there before – his carer and I drove for two and a half hours to take my aged father to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in what I’d describe as the West Country but may just not be: put it this way, [...]

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park is a gorgeous parkland of water, redwoods, rhodedendra and azaleas with a lively political, historical, military and sporting background. It was first given to his  half brother Robert Mortain by William the Conqueror, its owners after him were the aristocratic families the Howards, [...]

September 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

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