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A key aggravation of descending into one’s later years is the need to take account of, and manage, one’s bladder and its attendant accessories. Fighting off the symptoms of ageing is, of course, an admirable but ultimately futile quest, which is why most of us gradually accept the inevitable [...]

November 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

McCririck and the knacker’s yard

John McCririck, the former Channel Four racing pundit – and now losing employment tribunal ‘age discrimination’ litigant – is an acquired taste for most of us.  A deliberate eccentric in fashion sense, attitude and the social niceties, over the past three decades he had carved a [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments


So a British national treasure, veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby, has recently acquired his first tattoo at the age of 75 – is this the end of Western civilisation as we know it? Hardly. Even historical figures such as Winston Churchill, US President Theodore Roosevelt, Dorothy Parker and [...]

November 13, 2013 // 0 Comments


Many years ago I was at the Regents Park Open Air theatre when I recognised the actor Vladek Sheybal who played Kronsteen the chess grandmaster and sinister enforcer in From Russia with Love. Whenever I watch arguably the best of the Bonds I see Vladek Sheybal and the chanteuse Lotte Lenya playing [...]

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Malmaison Newcastle

  For a relatively recent hotel the Malmaison can claim to be defining and historic. It kick started the Quayside revival of Newcastle one of the most popular quarters to party in England and it redefined the notion of a metro hotel. Gone are The Gideon brown bible, teas- made, Colby trouser [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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