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Remembering a WW2 fighting man

Yesterday I joined my brothers and father at a restaurant in Fulham for an occasional lunch with one of my father’s old school mates D (they first met at public school in the early 1940s) who has been a lifelong friend of the family. Some time ago D’s wife wisely begged leave not to attend [...]

November 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Signing off with the quack

Yesterday, some six months after my previous visit, I attended an appointment with my consultant at a London hospital in order to assess my progress since being diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the right hip. On the last occasion we met, as part of the experience, I had a second x-ray and a steroid [...]

November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Taking control of the situation

Having been a bit of a tart in my youth – tending to sleep with any girl that would have me – I liked to think that in my maturity (viz. from the age of 25 onwards) I gradually grew up and became adult in my approach to relationships. In short, I became more discerning. Gradually this shift in [...]

October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just one of those things

I don’t regard myself as a vain person – others might quip “Just as well!” as this point – and as a result have never been motivated to undertake such ‘maintenance’ pastimes as diets and fitness regimes by a desire to ‘look good’. Whenever I have gone on an exercise blitz, it’s [...]

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Complicated issues

As a spin-off from my piece yesterday on the sentence given out to Oscar Pistorius in South Africa, today I venture into equally difficult and complex waters by taking as my subject the current media cause célèbre of the release from prison of convicted rapist Ched Evans and the row over whether [...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

I know what I’d rather have

This week we have learned from new research conducted by the University of Rochester that males are hard-wired to prefer sex to food. According to a piece on the website of The Independent, assistant professor David Portman of the team carrying out research into a sample of a species of microscopic [...]

October 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t believe everything you read

I was – as former Premier John Major might have put it – not inconsiderably amused this week when reading media reports that the charity Independent Age and International Longevity Centre (UK) were warning that the number of men aged over-55 living alone, and therefore at risk of extreme [...]

October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Acts and consequences

These past few days I’ve been slightly perturbed by some newly-published research into the behaviour and genetics of fruit flies from the University of New South Wales. According to recent media reports, it seems that the characteristics of offspring may not necessarily be inherited from a [...]

October 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

These past three days I have been developing my first ‘bug’ of the winter. I cannot remember whether the beginning of October is about par for me, or whether it’s a bit earlier than usual this year. It all began on Tuesday, when I detected the first stirring of a tickle in my throat which [...]

October 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Has it really come to this?

Yesterday I was reminded of that quip from Clement Freud that, these days, if ever a woman suggested that they go upstairs for a bout of passionate lovemaking, he was obliged to reply that sadly – for him –  it was a case of either one or the other … The gag came to mind this [...]

October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

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