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Another day goes by

Scenes from family life, part 17: Last Sunday after lunch I sat in front of the television with my aged father and others to watch the England rugby team’s international friendly match with Wales, one of those ‘try-out’ games leading up to the Rugby World Cup which begins next month in Japan. [...]

August 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Gay Pride weekend in Brighton

I have mixed feelings about Gay Pride weekend – known as “ Pride” down here. On one hand, I believe that every person has the right to pursue their sexual orientation free of prejudice victimisation and mocking. On the other hand, 120,000 visitors descend on our city for a weekend of [...]

August 5, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another day before the mast

In one form or another it was perhaps ever thus, but the fact is that the modern world and its media are full of reports and stories covering the vagaries and random challenges thrown up by life ‘as it is’ and as others experience it. For every disability, condition, disease or affliction that [...]

July 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fourth day in Verona

It was another full-on day- some achievement as here too we had temperatures in the high 30s. We walked to Castelvecchio. Grandcarne, the greatest of the ruling Scala family, built this castle but it’s now a museum. This contained many art works by Mantegna, Veronese and Tintoretto but sadly no [...]

July 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

An alien drops in

Over the weekend my son Barry made one of his fleeting but intense visits to Blighty – in recent years an average of maybe two per annum – and so over dinner on Friday night we had the opportunity for a bit of a catch-up. Having just completed a transatlantic voyage with a handpicked crew of [...]

June 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Suddenly a flash from the past

I spent the weekend on the south coast, spending time with my 93-year old father and his current residential carer. He’s currently on reasonable form as it happens though, as is the nature of these things, he’s on a path from which you never get back to being your former self. One of the [...]

May 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Days in the sun – and then another yesterday

To Brighton yesterday by train for a gathering of old friends for nothing more important than a thoroughly enjoyable lunch in the unexpectedly hot bright sunshine in an establishment overlooking the marina. It is in the nature of human existence that stuff constantly happens, paths differ, fortunes [...]

May 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with it – and life

There is little more calculated to slap you in the face with reminders of your age and mortality than family gatherings – and I mean that in both a good and a bad way. Last weekend I attended the wedding of a niece – inevitably a joyous and chaotic occasion as these always are – at which, at [...]

April 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

A drink in a pub

Last night I went for a drink with a Kiwi in his early seventies whom I first met in the sauna at my local health club six or seven years ago. He’s the sort of the cheerful chap who will strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone he comes across, as I had seen him doing habitually doing [...]

March 28, 2019 // 1 Comment

Watching the world and frightening yourself

One by-product of being someone who daily trawls the UK newspaper websites over the years is that one notices the frequency with which reports of latest scientific and medical research findings, particularly relating to health and ageing, appear to contradict each other. Thus one day we learn that [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

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