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What the doctor said

Throughout the pandemic I have heard very little from doctors on the coal face on how grave the situation is. This is a question I posed to the doctor who gave me a thorough medical yesterday. He said there was far too much ill-informed hype. There were some 70,000 illnesses out there of which [...]

September 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

Rosh Hashanah

It’s Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).  The Hebrew calendar is about a month out of kilter with our own and has its own month and year. This causes me particular anguish as the dates of my beloved parents’ death are not the same in both calendars. In the Jewish religion it’s [...]

September 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Water, water all around and not a drop to drink/wash or use for appliances.

At 11.00 am yesterday there was a knock on my door and a Chinese lady identified herself as my neighbour. She asked if I had water and on turning the taps I said no. It was 12 hours before the water supply was restored. To have no water for such a long time is a massive inconvenience but – at [...]

September 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

A barbecue at home

A family I know well came down to stay for two days. Family is the right word as I have good relationships with three generations. They stayed at a hotel nearby. I decided to make a barbecue. It was quite an undertaking as, although the food was delivered by Cote, it still had to be cooked, served [...]

September 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

Covid – a personal view and a pleasant evening

My own macro view of the present Covid situation is that we are a long way from the crisis of spring. Everyone should take necessary precautions but beyond that is matter of personal choice not Boris Johnson diktat. Also the question of paying for massive handouts needs to be better addressed. Last [...]

September 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

Something of a first

Yesterday for the first time I attended by Zoom a memorial service to commemorate the life of an old family friend. The person whom I will refer to as J was a real character. He dressed and behaved like a Lord but never as far as I knew had any career. He was entertaining, a beau, a gentleman of [...]

August 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

English’ s

Yesterday I had my third lunch at English’s since it reopened. Why do I like the restaurant so much? They know me there and always give me my favourite table. The managers have not changed for 6 years except for Nick who passed away after leaving. The sea food is reliable. The prices are fair and [...]

August 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

The new normal – I don’t like it

I am an organised sort of fellow who prides himself on his punctuality. For me punctuality is achieved by discipline and calculation. I work out when I need to leave my home, the journey time and the scheduling of any tasks en route. In the “new normal” it’s impossible to gauge these [...]

August 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Living in the Covid world

Yesterday I made my first trip to London in 4 months for a dental procedure. Like most of the world I dislike a dental appointment for its discomfort and cost. As one who has got by in life by always seeking the positive side of some crisis I struggle with the dental chair. My best effort is it has [...]

July 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Inside Monaco/Playground of the Rich/BBC 2

I  have enjoyed this three-part documentary on Monaco bringing back memories of the Cote d’Azur though I have always found Monaco too congested for my taste. I was interested to see Prince Albert had let the cameras in but I have the feeling that, wary of extensive filming and ruthless editing, [...]

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

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