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Tripleurospermum inodorum

Today I spent some time in the garden, a rare thing for me. I started ejecting an unwanted guest from the raised bed then just decided to continue with some weeding in the Garden of One Thousand Yaps. It meant … Continue reading

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Kicking the iron hedgehog

When we first moved into our present house, a neighbour, Sally, introduced herself. She told us her name, how she had an Australian soon-to-be son-in-law and how she thought of us as the fresh air freaks. This was due to … Continue reading

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Mirinda’s little adventure

On Friday I bought Mirinda a bunch of flowers. This is not pathetic virtue signalling: I often buy her flowers because she likes them and they brighten up the house. The problem though was we’d run out of vases. The … Continue reading

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Eating someone else’s food & not washing up

The last time we ate out was not, as I keep insisting, L’alivi in the Marais back on February 24. It wasn’t two days later when I had lunch with Dawn at The Lost Boys. No, the last time we … Continue reading

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Take your litter home

Carl Reiner died on Monday. I’ve read all over the Internet that he was one of the nicest men in show business. His work was amazing, full of joy, never cruel. What a legend. And it makes me realise that … Continue reading

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Two old blokes on a bench

The other day, I had an email from Dr B recommending a talk on Innovation and Improvisation in the RAMC, primarily in the Great War. The lecture given by Dr Jessica Meyer was being hosted by the Western Front Association … Continue reading

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100 days later

Yesterday marked the 100th day of Lockdown in the UK. Bits and pieces of society are returning to a sort of normal but, basically, Lockdown continues. And, given what happened in Leicester, it may be a kind of rolling on … Continue reading

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Joe Gideon’s apartment

Many years ago, I first watched All That Jazz. It quickly became my favourite film and I have watched it so many times since those far off days, that I know most of the dialogue. For that reason alone, it’s … Continue reading

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Badgers love gooseberries

A while ago, Mirinda booked us in for a visit to RHS Wisley. It was to mark their big re-opening and was only for members and their guest. It was also restricted in numbers and at pre-booked times. She booked … Continue reading

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How do my tommies grow?

Our rescheduled barbecue happened this evening. It was very much an on again, off again affair with rain and sun and rain and sun throughout the afternoon and evening. It was quite the variable day. I was prepared to cook … Continue reading

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