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An aspect of hobby researching

It serves anyone with a hobby interest well to remember two things, i.e. that: Firstly – it wise to keep your feet on the ground and remain humble. No matter how much you read or research, there are bound to be hundreds of others, of similar tastes and interests, who have been at it longer [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

The role of genetics in education

Today’s news media contains reports upon research recently conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, which suggests that genetics plays a greater part in determining the differences in GCSE exam results than either the influence of a pupil’s educational experience or [...]

December 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Integrity in sport is the only thing that matters

Anyone with even a passing interest in sport will be alarmed by the recent revelations about the football/betting in the Sun on Sunday and the National Crime Agency’s confirmation that six people are being held in relation to allegations of spot-fixing. The Football Association, the Professional [...]

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mandela – the world mourns, but there’s only so much a man can take

The news from South Africa overnight that Nelson Mandela had died aged 95, having been receiving intensive care at his home in Johannesburg since September, has inevitably and rightly resulted in blanket media coverage around the world. Politicians, statesmen, celebrities and notables from all [...]

December 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

Nelson Mandela: a Personal Memoir

A few years ago I was invited to the press night of a South African musical. An acquaintance behind me who was the London PR agent of Charlton Heston asked me what I was doing there. Riled by this I said it was at the personal invitation of Nelson Mandela. This was a total fabrication. Mandela [...]

December 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

The benefits of proceeding with caution

I think it was Rupert Murdoch who likened his dealings with Tony Blair to the approach of two porcupines towards making love (‘very carefully’) – and this was before the recent media speculation about rumours of ‘closeness’ between his ex-wife Wendy and Mr Blair. [...]

December 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Klammer’s 1976 Winter Olympics Innsbruck downhill run

Yesterday, in my post Time waits for no man, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, I made mention of legendary Austrian skier Franz Klammer’s epic downhill run to win Olympic Gold in 1976. Today I think it is entirely appropriate to celebrate that extraordinary sporting moment. For anyone [...]

December 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Time waits for no man

Once you sail past a certain age, gentle and not-so-gentle reminders of mortality seem to come at you with increasing frequency. I think it was Mark Twain who said his normal practice was to wait in bed his daily newspaper arrived each morning, whereupon he’d flick to the obituary column and – [...]

December 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Copyright wrangle leaves comedian on top

Spotted on the website of The Independent this weekend, the story of a stand-up comedian who turned the tables on clothing label FCUK – see here – GRIFFITHS VICTORY [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

… And The The Rest

Neil McCormick selects Bob Dylan’s thirty greatest songs in the Daily Telegraph today – see here – BOB DYLAN’S GREATEST Do you agree with his [...]

November 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

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