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Sometimes things happen as they should

Yesterday I had one of those days of which not much is expected – I had one or two things to occupy me, viz. a phone interview to conduct, an errand to carry out, an article to complete and three phone calls to make – and initially things didn’t quite happen as they should but then, from the [...]

February 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not quite as we remember them?

Every scruffy schoolboy and his catapult knows of Henry Ford’s famous dictum “History is bunk” but arguably it is the kind of glib dismissal put about only by those whose abilities and/or interests lie in other subjects. Although mankind and science are in a constant state of [...]

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not nearly as good as the advance media verdicts would have it

Being an admirer of Winston Churchill – for all his faults, regarded by some who should know enough to judge these things as one of the all-time greatest Englishmen – and having listened to the media jungle drums over the past month or two, I had made a decision earlier this week to break the [...]

January 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Wellington and the Te Papa museum.

It is clear immediately after arrival that Wellington is a quite different city from Auckland. Auckland may be the bigger in population and the commercial hub but Wellington is the capital with parliament. More than that, Wellington belies the dull, provincial image of New Zealand. It is cool, edgy [...]

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Two for the price of one

Today the world mourns two of its unlikely icons – overnight the deaths were announced of Christine Keeler, the girl at the centre of the infamous 1960s British sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair, and the legendary French ‘bad boy’ pop idol Johnny Hallyday at the ages of 75 and 74 [...]

December 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Where is it all going to end, and when?

Yesterday Prince Harry officially announced his engagement to Meghan Markle and apparently aired his tip for success when embarking upon a relationship, viz. spending time together at home first before venturing out on romantic dates, outings, trips to the theatre or ballet and even meals – see [...]

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Some men achieve

Stuck miles away in the depths of the countryside staying with my aged father this weekend, for a good part of yesterday we sat in the drawing room reading the newspapers and, after those had been consumed, he then looked through a pair of old family photograph albums whilst I picked up a hardback [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Munich/Robert Harris

Munich by Robert Harris is one of those readable novels you can devour in one go. This perhaps surprising as we all know what happened in Munich in 1938. The main story is of  the collusion between Hugh Legat, an aspiring diplomat in the Foreign Office, and his friend at Oxford Paul von Hartmann, [...]

November 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Two of a kind

Towards the end of last week, based solely upon its reviews in the Arts sections of the newspapers, I bought a copy of Walter Isaacson’s new book Leonardo Da Vinci – The Biography (525 pages not counting Cited Sources, Notes to Chapters, Illustration Credits, Index and About The Author, [...]

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

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