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Grooming and relationships

On this organ we sometimes poke fun at the ways of the media – you know the sort of thing, ‘silly summer stories’, spectacular ‘fails’ going viral, and of course the time-honoured staple of madcap scientific surveys with blanket generalisations for conclusions that are either [...]

September 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Peering into the future

It’s a funny old place, this 21st Century, politically-correct, equal opportunity driven, gender neutral or fluid (whichever it is, I’m getting confused these days) world we live in. The latest retailer to fall foul of the do-gooders – or is it ‘game changers’? – is John Lewis, [...]

September 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

What’s sauce for the goose …

As I understand it from media reports overnight, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn – who was once in favour of them on principle, has now rejected the proposal made earlier this week by shadow fire minister Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, that ‘women only’ railways carriages should [...]

August 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

There comes a time

As an oldie myself, I could not help sympathising with actor Tom Cruise four or five days ago when garish media stories went viral about a stunt that went wrong whilst he was filming a roof top chase sequence for the movie Mission: Impossible 6. I should add here that I don’t get out much these [...]

August 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting used to it

On Saturday I read an excellent review of Robert McCrum’s new book Every Third Thought by Robert Lewis – one of my favourite book critics – in the Review section of The Times newspaper. Rather like the Literary Review, which I also buy every month, I regard the newspaper weekend [...]

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

The important (only) thing is getting there

Yesterday I attended a military services reunion function with my father – as, it were, his ‘wingman’ and supporter. In all honesty, I had no personal right to be there, my sole connection with matters military being confined to unwilling participation in my school’s combined cadet force [...]

August 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

I didn’t know I had it, but it makes sense

As someone with a lifelong ‘early to bed and early to rise’ habit, I don’t mind admitting that my practice from the age of about fifty had been to rise on the dot of 5.24am, come wind, rain or shine. I didn’t even need to set an alarm clock; somehow it seemed I was programmed to awake at [...]

July 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

A case of pulling out the pin and getting out of here …

Okay, I’m coming out of the woods with my hands up. I’m male and my ‘topic de jour’ is the vexed one of women in sport. Last night, by complete chance since my gaff had been invaded by an electrician who has taken the best of two months to repair the non-working lights system in my front [...]

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

This shoulder of a giant doesn’t need standing upon

Staying in the country over the weekend, on Saturday in perfect weather conditions we joined a party that took a motor launch out of harbour and across the Solent to drop anchor off Bembridge in the Isle of Wight. Our purpose was no more than to enjoy a birthday picnic lunch and watch some of the [...]

July 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Treating triumph and disaster just the same

Yesterday I travelled to the Pre-Operation Assessment centre at the hospital where I had my hip replacement operation last year, having been requested to do so in order to take further part in the research project which I had consented to join shortly before my operation took place. Regular readers [...]

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

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