Monthly Archives: September 2020

Muffled behind screens and bits of cloth

Helen Reddy died today, aged 78. When the news-reader on BBC World Service announced it, he claimed she recorded that Feminist anthem I am A Woman. I gather he’d never heard of it and either figured the lack of an … Continue reading

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Ref, he’s doing his shoelace up!

Something happened today which has never happened before. I was hailed at a football game. So many times this has happened to Nicktor when I’ve been with him that I think there’s something odd if he doesn’t know someone. Tonight, … Continue reading

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After the Armistice

Today, it came to light that Parliament bars can remain open after ten o’clock at night. This seems perfectly acceptable to them when the rest of the country’s pubs must close at 10pm. Apparently, our elected officials are exempt because, … Continue reading

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Smoke Control Association

Way back in 1998, when we first moved to the UK, my first job was in London and we were living in Keinton Mandeville, which is near Yeovil. All of a sudden we found ourselves having to move. Mirinda drove … Continue reading

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Lunch with the Cansfields

What a marvellous day, in marvellous company. We had lunch (which continued well beyond a cheese course) with the visiting Cansfields, made all that much sweeter given it’s been a long time since the last breaking of bread. The reason … Continue reading

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Shirley’s blushing

This evening, we took a rather late walk at Frensham. It wasn’t exactly intentional, it was just the time Mirinda finished work and, therefore, the time we left the house. And, while we saw a few people, the place was … Continue reading

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There’s a hail stone under the mirror

Juliette Gréco died today. She was an amazing woman with an equally amazing life. Jean-Paul Sartre said: “Gréco has a million poems in her voice. In her mouth, my words become precious stones.” Which is pretty cool. John Lennon and Paul … Continue reading

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Leo the legend

Today saw me performing the sad task of cancelling four weeks of restaurant bookings ahead of tomorrow. It was also bittersweet that we went out to Pulpo Negro, possibly for the last time, and sat at the Chef’s Table. But … Continue reading

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Lockdown by any other name

Today, the government announced tougher restrictions from this Thursday. What they amount to is an end to our Date Nights. Having gone through the awfulness of mask wearing in the Cotswolds we do not want to go through it again. … Continue reading

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They were not passive victims

Something that irks Nicktor is my habit of wearing different coloured socks. He claims it upsets his sensibilities somewhat. His OCD, as he calls it. The reason I wear different coloured socks is because it’s easier than having to pair … Continue reading

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