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Falling behind in life’s race

There is or was a smallish – by which I mean A5-sized – magazine called The Chap. It has about it the air of a foppish 1950s-style gentleman’s publication produced by a clique of like-minded ex-public schoolboys as a vanity project with no regard for popular success, i.e. just the sort of [...]

March 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Stories from the past

I am down on the south coast, spending the weekend with my father, who is eighty-eight, partly in order to watch the climax of rugby’s Six Nations tournament together. Sitting outside on his terrace in the bright spring sunshine, he came out with two anecdotes that I had not heard previously – [...]

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

A stone setting of a friend

Yesterday I attended the stone setting of a local friend I know from the David Lloyd gym, who had an untimely death aged 60. Alan neither ate nor drank to excess, played tennis and golf and had a placid temperament. Last year he complained of severe pain that he thought was sciatica and was later [...]

January 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again!

It is with a huge sense of achievement, and not a little relief, that I can report that I may have completed my self-assessed income tax return for 2012/2013 without, as happened last year, having to pay a £100 for late filing. My fundamental problems with tax returns are two-fold: firstly, my [...]

January 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dealing with modern life

A gentleman of leisure, a boulevardier, has to add a new member of staff  to his retinue. As invaluable as his driver, ghillie, caddy, valet, butler, personal secretary, wine merchant and groom is someone versed in the new technology of modern life. I found this only too well in the last 24 hours [...]

December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

What is a bogan?

Last night a friend of mine asked me if I knew what a bogan was. Mishearing her, I thought she said bogey which is one over par at golf,a piece of snot and 50s cockney slang for a policeman. In fact, bogan is best described as an Australian chav. My friend  referred to me a site THINGS BOGANS LIKE [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

A Visit to the Beauty Salon

I originally purchased an amazon voucher for an offer at a beautician as a present for a friend of mine who likes this sort of pampering. However when the redeemed date approached rather than risk losing it altogether I presented myself for a massage, manicure and glass of champagne. I must admit [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

What we (don’t) get up to on weekends

One of those annoyingly-inane little surveys that appeared in the media this week was that offered by the website lastminute.com, which sought to suggest that up to 2.5 million Britons habitually lie about their plans for the weekend – i.e. seeking to make them sound more active and interesting [...]

November 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Scene from a senior life – (1)

  Having found in my fridge a forgotten – but not ancient – triangular tin of foie gras, picked up at the Eurotunnel supermarket on the way back from my most recent trip to the WW1 Western Front cemeteries, I opted to eat some on toast immediately. This decision was partly influenced by [...]

November 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sometimes you just cannot win …

Yesterday I travelled with my brother to the Public Records Office at Kew once again, engaged upon a quest to research a series of obscure WW1 soldiers for a project I am hoping to attempt. The experience prompted memories of ‘getting into trouble’ as a small boy at my boarding prep school. I [...]

November 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

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