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Not everyone can be telling the truth

Some readers will have noticed, or possibly even followed, the disturbing case in Cyprus of a 19 year old British girl who was allegedly raped by up to twelve Israeli youths and yet (as things currently stand) has ended up with a conviction for making a false allegation. I need provide background [...]

January 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Let us go forward into a brave new world

… And, yes, it’s welcome back to what some openly refer to as “Misogynists’ Corner” – viz. the sports pages of the Rust. Yesterday my papers and the media were full of the brilliant performance of one Farron Sherrock who made history of sorts by becoming the first woman to beat a man [...]

December 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Against all odds

Self-indulgent it may be, but today I return to the travails of seeking to retain peak fitness in one’s seventh decade – ready at a moment’s notice, should the need arise, to take the field for either England in a major international and/or Team GB in the 2020 Olympics at any sport in which a [...]

November 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

The lady has a point …

For the most part in the social circles I inhabit the subject of gender equality occasionally arises but causes debate less often. Credit where it is due – in more senses than one – for last summer’s revelatory Lyon & Turnbull exhibition Bright Souls: The Forgotten Story of [...]

November 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

When common sense goes AWOL

Yes, I am a male correspondent in his late sixties and therefore – despite any pretensions to being sympathetic to the cause of female emancipation I may claim from time to time – no doubt have the fairly rudimentary attitude towards feminism and women generally that as man of my generation [...]

October 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Not so much Murphy’s Law as a Murphy no more …

Yesterday I had a poignant brush with the past – my own, and possibly also that of others of a similar age and state of mind. Eons ago, well approximately 52 years ago when I was being educated in a boarding school far away in the country, in one circumstance or another – probably a deal for a [...]

October 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Strange new and remembered times

For those readers who may have missed it – particularly female ones – I begin my post today by providing a link to a piece by Meghan Daum that appears today upon the website of The Guardian in case it may be of interest. It is a thought-provoking opinion piece from the perspective of a [...]

October 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

A feature of the modern world

With a nod to “When did you last stop beating your wife?” – the legal phrase allegedly deployed recently and controversially by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC – I wished to turn today to the vexed subject of gender. In doing so, and being (as I am) sufficiently ‘in touch’ to be [...]

October 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

They should never come back

We all have our heroes. Back in the mists of time one of mine was Nigel Benn or “the Dark Destroyer”, the British sometime WBO middleweight champion and WBC super-middleweight champion who had a pro career record of 42 win (35 knockouts) in 48 fights. Those successful sports stars who prompt [...]

September 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

$50m art swindle/BBC 2

This documentary is the story of art dealer Michel Cohen who went from rags to riches and back to rags again. Born in impoverished circumstance in France after the war he came to the USA with a friend in the 80s. He bought a stack of lithographs and sold them. He realised that he had a talent to [...]

September 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

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