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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


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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