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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

Morris Keston

I was saddened to learn recently of the passing of Morris Keston, Spurs fan supreme. He is mentioned in not all together flattering terms in one of the best books written on football The Glory Game by Hunter Davies, a fly-on-the-dressing-room-wall account of the Spurs’ season of 1971/2. He is [...]

September 20, 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

A solution – advancement by simplification?

In the modern world of ‘Fake News’ and indeed ‘However loony you are, you can always find someone peddling your type of rubbish on the internet …’, hopefully not all Rusters come to their favourite organ of the media just to seek reaffirmation for their own bigoted and/or uneducated [...]

August 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

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