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Supermarket v local trader

Yesterday our godson and his mother came for lunch. My wife and I did our regular shop at M & S. We were attracted to the weekend deal of a main, side and dessert and bottle of wine for £10. After lunch, our godson’s mother complimented us fulsomely on the roast chicken, garlic [...]

December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A note of caution on dementia

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that Boots, Lloyds Bank and First Group have become the first major companies to commit to helping dementia sufferers as part of prime minister David Cameron’s ‘fight back’ against the disease, including a [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Shaken rather than stirred

We are informed today that the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal contains an analysis of the drinking habits of Ian Fleming’s licenced-to-kill hero James Bond. Apparently, the tongue-in-cheek study of all fourteen books in the canon demonstrates that Bond regularly drank more than [...]

December 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

The role of genetics in education

Today’s news media contains reports upon research recently conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, which suggests that genetics plays a greater part in determining the differences in GCSE exam results than either the influence of a pupil’s educational experience or [...]

December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Keeping an eye upon the world …

The round-the-clock news media merry-go-round has many benefits, but also retains the capacity to drive you to distraction. We also sometimes forget, or lose sight of, the fact that – generally speaking – the internet has no qualify control and/or filter.  This is especially the case when [...]

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Warding off the onset of dementia

Media reports yesterday covered the results of a thirty-four year study of 2,345 men by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, which appeared to demonstrate that taking up, or keeping to, five simple rules of living may help to resist the onset of dementia. These were: Taking regular exercise [...]

December 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

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

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