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Film Noir

Tim Young, an old friend of mine, has written a comprehensive – though mercifully brief – study of film noir entitled A Black Pool Opened up at My Feet and I Dived In: Film Noir: The cinematic language of 1940s America. Probably the modern meaning is ‘dark’. It’s perhaps easier to [...]

May 31, 2024 // 0 Comments

The Sunday Times Rich List

I always read The Sunday Times Rich List, which arrived with the paper last weekend, but with increasing cynicism. Firstly, how do they evaluate wealth and, secondly, debt? The Irish entrepreneur Tony O’Reilly passed recently. He was the businessman that built up the Kerrygold butter brand, had a [...]

May 23, 2024 // 0 Comments

A day at Hove County ground (Sussex v Northants 3rd Day)

I got a lift back from the Amex yesterday from Jon Filby the Chairman of Sussex CCC and left my glasses in his car. He retrieved them and invited me to lunch yesterday in the boardroom to collect them. There were two problems: the first was I was tired and fancied a refuel at home; and, secondly, [...]

April 8, 2024 // 0 Comments

Sir Anthony Seldon talk

In the week I attended a talk by the headmaster and politician historian Sir Anthony Seldon, former head of Brighton College, Wellington and now Epsom College. One has to admire his energy as he has written and published many political works including a recent unflattering one of Boris Johnson. He [...]

December 9, 2023 // 0 Comments

Sussex Landscape/chalk, wood and water

This exhibition does very much what it says on the tin by sticking to landscapes of Sussex in water colours, chalk and woodcuts. It features artists who came to Sussex to paint – like Turner – and those who made their home in this most attractive of counties – John Constable, Ivon [...]

March 11, 2023 // 0 Comments

England expects (not any more)

Since England won the World Cup on 1966 we have only got beyond the quarters twice – in 1990 and 2018. So it was no surprise to lose to France though it’s normally at the shootout not by missing penalties. The interesting aspect, some 72 hours on, is that there is not much stirring of [...]

December 14, 2022 // 0 Comments

A star is born

The cliche goes “It’s all about getting bums on seats”. I disagree. It’s about getting bums off seats. It’s about those sportsmen and women that enthrall with their talent. Off the top of my head, I think of Pele, George Best, Viv Richards, Shane Warne and Barry John. See here – [...]

January 9, 2022 // 0 Comments

A visit and then a disagreement

A couple of days ago, three weeks into the occupation of our new house on the south coast, we received our first (semi-formal) visit from friends rather than family. In typing “(semi-formal)” and “friends” in the above context I was referring obliquely to the fact that, having never [...]

October 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Sweet memories

The other night I could not get to sleep. Rather than count sheep I tried to recall the great Warwickshire side of the late sixties. Most of the team came back to me this side of consciousness: Bob Barber, Billy Ibadulla, John Jameson, the two Smiths (A.C. and M.J.K.), Tom Cartwright, David Brown, [...]

January 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

The Rich List

My colleague yesterday jokingly referred to his absence from The Sunday Times Rich List but in so doing revealed one of its flaws – namely the reluctance to exposure of some of the very rich. Other flaws in its compilation are the absence of debt and the unreliability of valuations. I think [...]

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

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