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What’s it all about?

My subject for today – illustrated by two examples – is the vexed one of how the human race copes with life on a planet with finite resources on the one hand and apparently infinite complications upon the other. I grant you that’s a hell of an opening statement but there’s no particular [...]

April 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

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

Some things never change

One of every senior’s bug-bears in life is wresting with 21st Century “modern technology” and means of communication. I hate buying stuff online. Last week I ordered three items via Amazon in the same transaction and, after doing so, discovered that somehow in one case I’d bought a [...]

April 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

A new dawn begins

Yesterday after lunch, on the eve of the first major step out of “lockdown”, I went for a two hour walk in south-west London, first alongside the River Thames and later into Richmond Park. To be frank, as I compose this post I’m personally still somewhat hazy as to what today’s new Covid-10 [...]

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

What’s going on … and some laudable efficiency

Having – as announced on this august organ – begun my new fitness campaign on Monday, yesterday I did my third seven-mile walk in four days and this return to regular exercise, combined with a slight change to my dietary regime, has already appeared to help me lose four pounds in [...]

March 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

Get a life, everybody!

Today I’m coming out of the closet – if that is the appropriate phrase – as a curmudgeonly old fascist git. We hear and read plenty these days about how “woke” the modern world has become (or is it just the Millennials, or even our “Generation X” youngsters as a group, that is being [...]

March 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Defence is a no-win matter

Today is the anniversary of the imposition of the UK’s first lockdown – a milestone that I’m sure most of us will not be celebrating. During my overnight trawl of the newspaper websites I noticed a piece in The Independent detailing that apparently the nation’s total of 126,000 Covid-19 [...]

March 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

Martin Johnson (journalist) – RIP

The sad reached me yesterday of the death of Martin Johnson, a great character and one of the most gifted fellow sporting pen-pushers (or should that be “keyboard-tappers”?)  to have graced media centres at UK sports grounds over the last four decades. As a tribute I can do no better [...]

March 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The meaning of words and statements

The saying “There are  three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics …” has been around for a long time. For the purposes of this post I looked it up on the internet and it seems that nobody really knows who or where it originated – apparently Mark Twain, who was [...]

March 19, 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

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