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About Robert Tickler

A man of financial substance, Robert has a wide range of interests and opinions to match. More Posts

London impressions

This was my first visit to London to see my dentist. It’s both a painful and expensive process but I assure myself not an ongoing one. I thought the readers might be more interested in my impressions of London in my first visit in just under 6 months. Last there I was struck by the emptiness of [...]

April 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Harry and Meghan interview

Against my better judgment I did watch the interview. My TV-watching on a Monday stops normally with the end of University Challenge at 9.00 pm. Then I prepare for bed. I watched the interview as I wanted to make up my own mind even though  the key points had already been revealed. One thing [...]

March 9, 2021 // 1 Comment

Black market in white goods

The great comedian Jackie Mason many of whose best jokes were observations of Jewish people once remarked: “A Jew can put 7 companies together but cannot assemble a hoover …“ How true I thought. I took delivery of a flat pack bookcase last week and its assembly was beyond me. I sat [...]

March 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

Robert Maxwell

I neither knew nor had any dealings with Bob Maxwell but I knew well two he did. A recent biography by John Preston called The Fall has received good reviews but I do not really want to spend the time reading it. However the BBC serialised it over 5 episodes and it was read by actor Henry Goodman. [...]

February 24, 2021 // 1 Comment

Covid – my part in its downfall.

On Saturday I received notification from the NHS that I was eligible for the Covid vaccination and yesterday I booked an appointment this Thursday at a local racecourse. I refrained from following the Covid information from the first lockdown as I preferred to listen to an expert I trusted, Grania, [...]

February 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

David Gresham

Yesterday I watched a recording of the film Shadowlands – the true story of C.S.Lewis’s late marriage to a Jewish American divorcee Joy Gresham. Joy’s son Daniel featured in the film but not her second son David. David was in fact at Cambridge at the same time as me. He attached himself [...]

January 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

My New Years Eve

New Years Eve leaves me cold. The past few years I have either been travelling and obliged to pay a small fortune for the hotel celebration or gone to San Lorenzo Fuoriporta in Wimbledon with my godson and his mother. I prefer the latter option but best of all to be in my own company and in bed at [...]

January 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

English’s again

Not only is English’s my restaurant of choice but those I invite there inevitably wish to return. An old uni friend and his son – my Godson – were my visitors to it yesterday. My friend sensibly followed the rules and we ate outside on the terrace on a table they had prepared under a [...]

December 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Two views on Amazon

My late mother had a collection of home-spun sayings, one of which was that whenever I complained to her of a remark somebody made “Ask for sympathy when an intelligent person says something idiotic.” Her credo resonated and rested with me and I have always taken note of a remark from that [...]

December 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

A day in London

I was rather fearful of how I would find London as on my last visit pre-lockdown 2 it was deserted. There were more signs of life and getting around by taxi was a process marred by roadworks everywhere. The purpose of my visit was genuinely business: dropping off papers at my accountant, a visit to [...]

December 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

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