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A retired academic, Jeremy will contribute article on subjects that attract his interest. More Posts

Supper and entertainment

Yesterday for my sins I went for an early evening meal in the suburbs with a couple I have known for nearly five decades – and, as we remarked during our meal, that fact alone drives home both just how old we are and how fast time flies. (Only people above a certain age can say that). It was an [...]

September 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

There’s a lot going on when you think about it …

Within ten minutes or so of waking and coming to my computer today in order to tour the websites of those few UK newspaper websites still permitting free access to their pages, two things struck me. Firstly, that in the 24 hours since I had last conducted said exercise there had been a considerable [...]

September 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

What you don’t know doesn’t worry you

One of the tangential issues that the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted for me – amongst all the others that it has brought to public attention in a more direct sense via its health ones – is the apparent disconnect between what we as UK citizens instinctively and fondly like to believe [...]

September 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

Just saying …

When you add the many tributaries that flow with the river of the Black Lives Matter campaign it seems to me – who must declare an interest because I write as a white British old age pensioner – that it all gets terribly confusing, especially since I’m both heartily in favour of ‘equality [...]

August 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Zooming in

Yesterday I had occasion to visit my daughter Grace and her husband for a coffee and chat in advance of an online family conference courtesy of Zoom. I hesitate to use the phrase ‘killing two birds with one stone’ in this context but, being barely semi-literate when it comes to modern [...]

August 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Unchartered territory

Regular readers will have to bear with me but – for those newer visitors attracted to this organ by its ever-growing global audience but perhaps unfamiliar with its origins and viewpoint(s) – I should explain that one of our founding principles is that we endeavour to provide a different, not [...]

August 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

“Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into, Stanley …”

Do please stop me if you’ve heard or read this before somewhere but, judging by the views expressed and/or discussed in the circles I currently move in, it would seem that most of the UK population have become so thoroughly bored, confused and possibly numbed by life as it now is in the year 2 [...]

August 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

It could get worse again before it gets better

Having taken part in a number of conversations about the progress of the coronavirus pandemic over the last few days, I can say this for a fact: the more one learns about both ‘the science’ and the various ways in which governments around the world have been – and are – dealing with it, [...]

July 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Life lessons

One of the things that irritates me about the modern younger generations in the 21st Century is their now almost-universal sense of entitlement. Much of the blame in my view can be laid at the door of the human race’s ever-advancing science and technology and specifically the all-pervasive social [...]

July 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Just another notch on the “strange times” belt

Mention has been made of it before on this organ but my subject today is the irony of some of the ‘interest group’ reactions, justified or not, to the Covid-19 crisis. Few would argue that the actions taken by the Government have been exemplary, timely or uniformly correct, despite its attempts [...]

July 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

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