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Getting the balance right

As an ‘old school’ feminist, I bow to nobody in my capacity to break down the barriers, intentional or merely misogynist-instinctive, erected by the male sex to deny women equality. Despite successive legislative measures and the lip-service paid to pay-equality, for example, the still [...]

December 8, 2013 // 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

A visit to London

Last night I arrived to spent the weekend with my eighty-eight year old father. Bringing me up to speed with what he had been doing this week, he recounted his experience of standing on the pavement, attempting to hail a taxi cab on the main road at Notting Hill Gate. After some time a taxi [...]

December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Recommendation – an article on self-love in the Daily Mail

Spotted on the website of the Daily Mail today is this article on the supposed health benefits of masturbation – see here: DAILY MAIL I’m not qualified enough to confirm whether these findings are accurate or not, but the story did bring to mind an incident of about four decades ago, [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

The perils of drinking alcohol

This week the Health and Social Care Information Centre has issued figures purporting to show that our older generations are suffering the frightening consequences of lives spent drinking alcohol to excess. Apparently, the numbers of those aged over 45 who are admitted to hospital for [...]

December 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Time waits for no man

Once you sail past a certain age, gentle and not-so-gentle reminders of mortality seem to come at you with increasing frequency. I think it was Mark Twain who said his normal practice was to wait in bed his daily newspaper arrived each morning, whereupon he’d flick to the obituary column and – [...]

December 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Scene from a senior life (2) – Joining up

Yesterday I received a missive from the National Health Service, inviting me to participate in its Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, designed to catch the disease early ‘when successful treatment and cure is more likely’ [it says here]. Screening is apparently offered every two years to those [...]

December 1, 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 la Colthard/ The Gay Hussar

I was so sad to see the Gay Hussar is about to go. It was a landmark restaurant patronised by the Left specialising in Hungarian food. The Standard food critic in the weekend supplement described the food as ” atrocious “which I thought a bit harsh. She based her withering critique on a [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

As if from a different planet …

Yesterday I had occasion to travel to Liverpool Street for an appointment with an orthopaedic consultant, exactly seven weeks after suffering a hip/thigh injury whilst playing golf on a hilly course. In normal circumstances – i.e. at any point in the previous four decades – this turn of events [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

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