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Paying by numbers

At a lively restaurant lunch for six yesterday (Sunday 22nd June) to mark the departure from these shores of my 92 year-old aunt’s highly-regarded and indeed beloved carer, my father quietly arranged with the manager that he – not his sister – would pay the bill. For some reason, when he was [...]

June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

The joys of opting out

It’s a common thing for those with families and wide-ranging, active, social lives to regard those who choose to enjoy their own company as odd, whacky or weirdo. Whenever the name of some single woman in her thirties or forties comes up and the conversation soon goes down the line broadly [...]

June 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

A perfect day

Yesterday I rendezvous’d with a family friend in Emsworth in order to bring a new motor cruiser around the Chichester harbour estuary. Previously he’d had a smaller craft with an apology of a cabin, but this one was a belter with twin engines, a galley, a seated area, a sink and (lo and behold) [...]

June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: English’s

English’s is Brighton’s best known restaurant . At first blush a clubby seafood restaurant is not my Hermes bag: my experience is that  they are stuffy, business orientated and over expensive. I was the guest of dear old Robert Tickler who was in an expansive mood after the sale of one [...]

June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t waste it!

“The funny thing is, I find the more I practice the luckier I get” – Gary Player’s famous response to someone who had suggested that a brilliant shot to the green during his just-finished round had involved a slice of good fortune – was far more than just a slick response to a cheeky [...]

June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard : Fischers

I was talking to Neil Rosen the other day about creativity. I had read his comment that Kubrick is forever experimenting but Scorsese plays safe. The same applies to restaurants. Some restauranteur stay within their name and brand. This is not necessarily to criticise.  28/50 is always reliable in [...]

June 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Life worth living

My eighty-eight year old father has a slight tendency to repeat himself, for which he gets teased, but two of his favourite sayings (“Growing old is not for the faint-hearted” and “If there are any advantages to getting old, I’ve yet to discover them”) do not detract from his still-lively [...]

June 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Not being there

You know how sometimes, quite by chance, you surprise yourself by suddenly contemplating one of the deep mysteries of existence? You know the sort of thing – why am I here? Where was I before I was born? If the Big Bang was the start of everything, what was happening before – something must [...]

June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

An expedition into the future

Yesterday I ventured out to a PC World superstore in order to buy a new free-standing keyboard for use with my laptop. I’ve always found the ‘sit up and beg’ aspect of built-in laptop keyboards less than user-friendly for my personal ‘two-fingered’ style, unchanged since I first learned [...]

June 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Birthday party

Notwithstanding my busy schedule of buying and selling two properties next week, which necessitates putting the poppets on the back burner, there was no way I was missing Jamie’s 6th birthday. This was held at the Pizza Express in Wimbledon and six of his little friends plus his aunt and [...]

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

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