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Private Passions (Radio 3)

Desert Island Discs has declined in presentation and appeal yet the idea of a subject  talking about himself/herself accompanied by a choice of music is a clever one. Roy Plomley envisioned the programme as a music one. He would discuss the choice over lunch with the castaway at his club, even [...]

April 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

George Best

George Best In the week I watched a full length documentary on George Best and was sent this clip above showcasing his wondrous dribbling skills. Undoubtedly one of the all time greats, it’s sometimes forgotten he signed for Fulham and made his debut on September 4th 1976 at home to Bristol [...]

April 5, 2020 // 0 Comments


A curious thing happened last Thursday afternoon. A lady in our Spanish class which has closed due to the virus had offered to set a quiz. We in the class are not that proficient with the technology of Zoom so there was  a trial run. In the course of this run, I received a text requesting me to [...]

April 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Tickler cleaning services

I’m getting such a dab hand at cleaning and housework that I’m thinking of starting a new division of the Tickler group:- Tickler Cleaning Services  Cleaners to the  gentry.  Here are some examples of my [...]

April 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Chess and Casablanca

One of the features of chess is that it mirrors life. How long have we hung onto a relationship, job or even credo when it is hopeless?  Same in chess. In an internet game my opponent had a weak central pawn which I pressurised. He committed more and more pieces to its defence.  I saw an elegant [...]

April 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Art Mysteries (BBC4) Waldemar Januszczak

Every Wednesday evening on BBC4 Waldemar Januszczak unravels the mystery of a painting and last night it was Paul Gauguin’s Vision After the Sermon.   The picture depicts Jacob’s famous wrestle with the Devil in the bible, symbolises good and evil before a congregation in a small church. There [...]

April 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

A day in the life of Bob Tickler (self-isolating)

With my cleaner deciding she was no longer coming in and the laundry collection service suspended, I was forced to do my own washing and ironing on bedding change day. The ironing I managed but lowering the ironing board, for which there seemed to be no lever, was more problematic. As I  folded my [...]

March 31, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: DVD season on 2009/10

Whilst many of my Fulham pals watched on Sky Sports Fulham’s EFL games this season, yesterday I went back 10 years in time to celebrate Fulham’s most successful season in which we finished 12th in the Premier and reached our first ever European final. Roy Hodgson proved another inspired [...]

March 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Malta Story (1953)

I recently watched The Malta Story for the third time. I was motivated by reading The Information Officer reviewed on The Rust. The film has a romantic sub-plot with the love affaire between Peter Ross, a flight reconnaissance airman (Alec Guinness), and local girl Maria (Muriel Pavlow). However [...]

March 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Land line v Skype

A few years ago a good friend of mine and I would speak on the phone every Sunday religiously. He is extremely well-informed in most areas and I cherished those conversations. We decided to revive them. We went back to our traditional means of communication – the landline. We had an unwritten [...]

March 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

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