Just in


Modern consumer practice

Yesterday I had 3 consumer issues ( a word I hate) which are worthy of being shared with the readership. The first is cancelling a payment after a free trial or test period. A few months ago I did a cull of theses payments but this is by no means easy as they are neither direct debits nor standing [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Droning on

It was inevitable, if you think about it. The moment that video-gaming and the world of super-technology came together and took the concept of recreational flying toy aircraft – a refuge of anoraks the world over for the best part of 75 years – beyond all norms and to the logical [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The trouble with modern girls

Sometimes, when taking part in radio discussions or talking to women’s groups, I am struck by both the lack of self-awareness and seeming total inability of so many of Millennial “woke” generation of post-feminist females to laugh at themselves or see the irony in some of their [...]

September 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Full marks to M & S

A few years ago I suffered a potentially fatal disease which resulted in numerous skin grafts and scarring. After that experience I became involved in a charity helping victims of disfigurement and researching into it. So it’s an area where I have some experience. Last week I stopped at the M [...]

September 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

They do sometimes come back

Back in the day I was in a group of pals who followed the sport of professional boxing with something like zeal, regularly watched such boxing as appeared on television and sometimes even went to live promotions at the Royal Albert Hall, York Hall and Bethnal Green etc. – we are talking here of [...]

September 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

The journey home

A few years ago when I had to go Vienna Polly, my p/a, suggested a budget airline as British Airways offered poor value in Club Europe. Even though I no longer rate BA and would have experienced the aftermath of their strike, I find a budget airline – crammed, cramped and full of screaming [...]

September 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Final day

Yesterday was our final day and it rained throughout. September is a popular time to travel but we experienced first le Mistral then a deluge. The highlight of the day was a dinner party given by Mireille. She is a superb cook. One guest was a vegan so the entree and all she could eat was a salad. [...]

September 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fitness campaign update

“You couldn’t make it up …” is the traditional time-honoured opening from the tabloid newspapers when launching into a “Woe is me” report or story about the latest example of a government, or those in some measure of authority or another somewhere, introducing some new daft new policy [...]

September 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la la Colthard/ the good, the bad and the pretty

I enjoyed the first half of our trip in Provence. Our organisers were helpful and concerned hosts. Such trips do depend on the group and ours got on well, did not complain and Brexit discussion was avoided. I agree that a healthy option has become an imposition which requires little culinary [...]

September 10, 2019 // 0 Comments


For most of the group this was their final day and Ralph and Joanne were interested in our feedback. It was their first such weekend. Generally the feedback was positive. Personally I would have foregone the afternoon wine estate trip and preferred one restaurant visit . However it was billed as a [...]

September 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

1 2 3 166