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A la Colthard/cheap and wholesome fare

After my experience at Hide Above, I’m pleased to report that there are restaurant out there that offer wholesome fare at sensible prices. 80 Brent Street Hendon is an unlikely venue for such food particularly as the restaurant is kosher but the Bistro there came up to expectations. I had a [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Price of Everything/ Bloomsbury art

The Price of Everything is supposed to take the lid off the contemporary art world. It does not do so. Nathaniel Kahn Reason? It is confined to New York and only centres on modern art not the Old Masters. It’s really a series of interviews with the big players: the artists, dealers, auction [...]

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Charleston Farm House

The Bloombury set is inextricably linked with that part of London once Thoby Stephen, brother of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, moved to 46 Gordon Square. Its actual origins are to be found at Trinity College Cambridge which Thoby Stephen, Clive Bell, his cousin Lytton Strachey all attended at [...]

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stranger on the Shore

It’s funny how once you get a tune in your head you cannot readily dispel it. Yesterday being an unexpectedly clear and sunny day I took a long stroll by the sea. Not altogether unlinked, the instrumental Stranger on the Shore by the clarinetist Acker Bilk lodged in my brain. On the Rust we [...]

December 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

Justin Cartwright

One discovers the death of someone one knows in all sorts of ways. Normally somebody closer to the deceased than I informs me. Yesterday I learned of the passing of novelist Justn Cartwright aged 73 from his obituary in the Telegraph. A few years ago I saw quite a bit of him. I was a consultant to [...]

December 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golfing weekend

My good run continued with a third successive win when Louis Oosthuizen took the South African Open at Johannesburg. Oosthuizen has never won his national trophy before though he has a Major in his golf bag and I classified him in that group with Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel who are unlikely to [...]

December 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Manchester United 4 Fulham 1

I wonder what Fulham owner Shahid Khan is thinking right now. Fulham are still propping up the league, have conceded 40 goals and £55million of talent in midfield in Anguissa and Seri failed to make much impact. He may be consoled by the tightness at the bottom (5 points separate the bottom 7 [...]

December 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Chess matters

Magnus Carlsen recently held his crown as world chess champion defeating the American 25 year old Fabiana Caruana. The first 12 games were draws, largely because every grandmaster game is on line and current ones merely replicate the opening 15 moves from another game. This practice extends to club [...]

December 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Disobedience

I was interested to see this recently released film directed by Chilean Sebastian Lelio as I had read the book by Naomi Alderman and I have family who live in the Hendon Jewish community in which it is set. The novel – Naomi Alderman’s first – won her the Orange Prize but was not [...]

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jefra Archer

Reading Simon Heffer’s views in the Telegraph over the decision to shorten the residency qualification for Sussex speedster Jofra Archer, I think that his trenchant right-wing voice got in the way of the facts. The ECB has only brought the qualification period in line with that of the the [...]

December 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

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