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Coping with things

Over the Easter weekend, in a social setting, I found myself in a conversation with a lady of roughly my own vintage which touched upon the problems of ageing and dealing with elderly relatives. It all sprang from her inevitable enquiry as to how my surviving elderly parent was – a query [...]

March 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pointing out the obvious

Sometimes you have to be tough or controversial. What happened yesterday in Belgium was a terrible terrorist outrage and it ill bodes anyone to make political points out of such a catastrophe. Still – and I must declare here I’m a Brexit supporter only for the cack-handed reason that [...]

March 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

A fitting prelude to the Six Nations Grand Slam decider

On Thursday this week (17th March), as part of the Rugby Football Union’s Great War Commemorations, the FRU and the French Rugby Federation – together with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and the French Commission for the Centenary – organised a ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown [...]

March 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

A moment in time

Yesterday morning I set off for two hours’ research in my local municipal library on my latest project. As I arrived I came upon a scene that could have been potentially disruptive to my cherished plan – on one side of the room one of the regular female members of staff was conducting a ‘show [...]

March 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

(All together now): How do you solve a problem like Maria?

This organ’s stance of the use of performing-enhancing drugs in sports is a matter of long-standing record and after Abbie Boraston-Green’s piece yesterday on Maria Sharapova’s failed drugs test at the Australian Open we do not propose to follow the story’s developments on a blow-by-blow [...]

March 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Shocking the world

Being occupied with other things, it was only as I retired to bed last night and turned on the radio that I first heard the news that Maria Sharapova had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January. At a Los Angeles press conference which she had called [...]

March 8, 2016 // 0 Comments


It’s the second day and I feel fully institutionalised. Not that the stay has been free of problems as you will read. Breakfast is a buffet of healthy options of cereals and fruit or hot dishes from the menu and maintained the high standard of cuisine. I continue to be amazed that working [...]

March 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

They’re off! The Referendum race begins …

And so we now know that the UK’s Referendum on whether or not to remain in the EU will take place on Thursday 23rd June. There’s little doubt – based upon the last six to eight months of the Prime Minister’s apparent tactics on the issue and the various splits within the Tory cabinet that [...]

February 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Turning up the volume

There’s a famous scene in the 1984 spoof documentary movie This Is Spinal Tap in which a member of the band proudly shows a reporter one of their amplifiers on which the volume control (normally numbered 1 to 10) goes up to 11 – at my age I’m a bit hazy on details, but something tells me the [...]

February 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Answering Ireland’s call – but which one?

Sometimes one spots an article in the national media that is not only enlightening and informative and actually makes one sit up and think. Here’s a link to one from Robert Fisk, who normally covers things connected with politics and conflict in the Middle East, on the centenary celebrations [...]

January 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

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