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Ocean-going seamanship is a heavily-regulated world which – with inevitable regional variations – is organised by innumerable rules, regulations and conventions, never mind peculiar national customs and other administrative systems. One group of helpful aids are the marine-specific [...]

September 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

You said it, Michele

Spotted on the website of The Guardian today, this article by Michele Hanson on the downsides of growing old – THE GUARDIAN [...]

September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

A bit of a puzzle

Something rather disturbing happened to me this morning. Overnight, like many of my vintage, I had arisen in the wee hours, drunk enough coffee to re-float the Graf Spee, and dotted around on the internet for a bit and then – most unusually – returned to bed about 4.30am. [My normal practice is [...]

September 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bon voyage

At some point this morning, probably not before 10.00am, my son Barry and his crew will be departing on board his super-yacht for a ten-day voyage to southern Portugal. They have been holed up in a Gosport marina for the past ten days awaiting a suitable weather ‘window of opportunity’ and [...]

September 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Brave new audio world

Yesterday I had a Sonos audio system installed. I am very much a Luddite but I started with a simple brief: a system that worked in every room. I have a friend who has moved to Poole who has such a system so I followed his advice. Box after box arrived in advance of the installation on Thursday and [...]

September 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Carefully, like porcupines? Probably …

Spotted today on the website of The Independent is this article by Jonathan Owen on a new scientific survey into the best lovemaking position(s) for men with bad backs – see here – SPOONING MAY NOT BE BEST Clearly, any advice upon the best ‘medical’ positions in which to have sex is of [...]

September 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fading away

The media is awash today with reports and reviews of the new Apple Smartwatch and iPhone 6 – see here for a typical example on the website of THE GUARDIAN As a senior citizen, I’ve long held the opinion that the relentless march of new technology is a reliable yardstick by which the descent of [...]

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The rewards of history

Currently my son Barry and his crew are still holed up in Gosport, waiting for both weather and orders. Yesterday he rang to mention that in the afternoon they were going to visit the new Mary Rose exhibition centre at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and on a whim I drove over to join them. As [...]

September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Stanmer House

I am always suspicious of restaurants with fine views and settings as a complacency sets in that this is enough. Stanmer House is an exception, I might also say exceptional, as it combines reliable well cooked cuisine with fine views over Stanmer Park. I went there yesterday with a French [...]

September 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s an each way thing

Dogs make great companions. When I was a young kid, my parents had two boxers in succession – tails docked because was the fashion in those days and I still feel that since its banning somehow a boxer with a full tail looks odd – and they make great family pets. Partly. For kids they were [...]

September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

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