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Times flies when you’re living life

Yesterday I arrived at my father’s house on the south coast to stay the weekend. At lunchtime, he set off to attend a monthly reunion pub lunch for former members of the Fleet Air Arm, saying he felt an obligation attend because, at the last one, the organiser had remarked “There are so few of [...]

March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard :Tozi (again)

We restaurant critics rarely review the same place twice twice, let alone within 2 months.  At my first visit to Tozi I thought it sensational but my host then had known it well and ordered. This time I was the guest of an old friend and it was his first time. He did the ordering,  but the maitre [...]

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s all right for some …

With advance apologies to those who inhabit it – indeed work hard and have done well for themselves – I hate the insurance industry. As far as I am concerned, the world of insurance is money for old rope. A comfortable modern refuge of a career for those who, not quite intelligent [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Leave me alone!

As regards ‘junk’ contacts, physical mail has long been overtaken – in my view – by telephone calls. There is nothing in this world more calculated to raise my blood pressure and hackles than the experience of sitting down in my favourite armchair to watch a long-awaited ‘live’ [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of us was wrong

My kids are always teasing me about the early onset of Alzheimer’s – indeed, my daughter regularly asked if I’ve had myself tested recently. I’m convinced this is prompted partly by the fact I cannot recall much before the year 2000 and partly by my avowed intent to live life in the [...]

March 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

We restaurant reviewers like nothing more than home cooking. Sounds blasé but true. Last Friday Ollie decided to cook the meal. He is not an imaginative cook but prepares simple dishes well, so he went to the wet fish section of Waitrose and bought 2 crabs and some salmon. The salmon he cooked in [...]

March 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

From playing to punditry

The fall-out from the abrupt removal of Kevin Pietersen from the elite England cricket squads – a decision I support, incidentally – continues to ripple across the media pages and airwaves. See here for the latest, as described in an article that appears today on the website of the DAILY [...]

March 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Family matters

Families are strange things, each with its own unique way of operating and never the twain shall meet. In my experience, those containing a preponderance of females tend to be noisy, with all humans emotions – ranging from loving and the opposite – close to the surface, allowing you to retain [...]

February 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

A spell in London rush hour traffic

Last night I drove up the M1 in order to collect my son from Luton Airport, he on a lightning 48-hour visit to the UK for a variety of business and personal reasons. Leaving aside the issue of why a 31-year-old male needs to be collected from anywhere by his father – as it happens, he asked and, [...]

February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Time to volunteer, methinks …

A few hours ago now, I just ‘came to’ for the second time today, nipped across to pick up my papers, had a spot of breakfast and settled down in front of the BBC Breakfast Show … as you do. You can criticise me on principle for ever buying it but, for all its naffness, I do find the Daily [...]

February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

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