Monthly Archives: June 2019

MY BABIES! MY BABIES!

The gardeners came today only it wasn’t Gardener Dave because he’s away somewhere. Expecting Hacker Bill to turn up instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find two fellows I’d never met before arrive to work some magic. (They didn’t introduce … Continue reading

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Where is the National Scarf Collection?

Mirinda is still very sick. She appears to have bronchitis to a major degree and it can take three weeks to dissipate. We need to be careful it doesn’t descend into pneumonia. Her coughing is terrible and most distressing. She … Continue reading

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“Why go out to see real people doing stuff?”

Harvey Weinstein has a lot to answer for. Quite apart from the obvious abuse of power, women and generally being an arsehole, he also, it seems, inspired David Mamet to write Bitter Wheat. When I discovered that John Malkovich was … Continue reading

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First day of summer and it didn’t rain

There’s a chap in the park who has an old terrier. It’s a lovely, placid dog that wanders around, enjoying the park as he feels like it. It’s a bit like Freya though somewhat slower given his advanced years. The … Continue reading

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Losing voice

Mirinda continues to be unwell. Her cough, while diminishing on occasion, hacks away at her throat with all the finesse of a rubbish compactor. It’s not at all pleasant (for either of us) but at least the cough medicine and … Continue reading

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Real life ethics

On the news this morning there was a report about a single £150m donation to Oxford University by American billionaire (and Trump advisor) Stephen A Schwarzman. It is believed to be the biggest single donation to a UK university ‘since … Continue reading

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The hedge bed – year 8 (Day-z Bed)

I don’t always remember to write this update but yesterday I noticed a couple of early entries from years 1 and 2 so thought I’d make sure I did this year. First, though, I need to say that the bed … Continue reading

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Living the Neo-Paleo life

There’s something quite satisfying about digging a small pit, piling it high with collected wood from the forest floor and lighting a small fire. Then, using some sort of primitive rotisserie contraption made out of handy and sturdy sticks, grilling … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures

Today we were originally going to join Dr Dawn and Nicktor at the Dunsfold Air Show. The Cansfields have raved about it and, after the debacle which was the final Farnborough Airshow, we wanted to give it a try. Then, … Continue reading

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Unconditional Surrender

In Life magazine a photograph appeared following the first VJ Day. It depicted a returning US sailor embracing a local woman in celebration of the end of the war. It’s an iconic and evocative image. Artist Seward Johnson, a sculptor, … Continue reading

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