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Yesterday for the first time in 10 weeks, I judged it safe to take a corporation bus. It was spotlessly clean and for most of my short journey I was the only passenger. The only breach of social distancing I saw was a van by the kerbside that sold hot food. It is popular with workers at the [...]

June 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

An outing under the new rules

Yesterday – I believe as permitted under the latest Government rules/advice – I travelled to Oxfordshire in order to see my daughter Grace in the flesh for the first time since she formally announced to the world that she was pregnant and due to produce in late September. It is, of course, [...]

June 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of life thing

As the vicissitudes of encroaching senility gradually creep up behind me I am also conscious that not-dissimilar is happening to those close at hand. Given my past history of occasional mishaps with my attire – cue a reference to those unfortunate times when I have exposed myself to Mrs Patel [...]

May 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Of Cabbages and Kings

“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk… we talked of many things… of Cabbages and kings.” The Walrus and the Carpenter Lewis Carroll. Every week I  have a regular  chat with an old friend whom I would classify as a top 30 close friend but not a top ten. He was at university with me [...]

May 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Last Dance (Netflix series)

Today I can offer a recommended listen for Rusters of a sporting bent. For good or ill when out for my daily exercise expedition – or should I say “one of them” because we’re now allowed as many as we choose? – I habitually listen via a bluetooth earpiece to Radio Five [...]

May 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

A birthday celebration with a difference

Yesterday my sister-in-law turned 70 and her son and daughter organised a sort of This is Your Life on Zoom. Three month ago I had never heard of Zoom. If you include my Spanish class quiz  and a couple of cocktail hour chats with friends, it is now becoming quite a feature of my life. [...]

May 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

You live and learn

Further to my post yesterday about my reluctance, never mind inability, to master some of the intricacies of social media and not being bothered about this, I came across a case in point last night. Having prepared my habitual gin & tonic at 5.50pm in advance of settling in front of my 72 inch [...]

April 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

You couldn’t make it up (again)

What is that old saying – “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”? It occurred to me over the weekend that, unintentionally or otherwise, the home truths are beginning to come home in spades as we enter the third [or is it the fourth?] week of the lockdown with the Government having [...]

April 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

The routine of it all

This far into the lockdown – I don’t know about you – but it seems to me that for most of us it is establishing a state of equilibrium somewhere between the positive and negative. Contrast this with the days after I first “retired” (or rather perhaps, my career left me) I used to rant on [...]

April 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

I Can’t Explain

“We are only of our time” is a principle that all human beings would do well to acknowledge, whether they are contemplating past events and historical figures, or indeed those of their own lifetimes and generations. As in Britain our higher educational establishments ban free speech, cover up [...]

March 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

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