12th April, 2021

12th April.  A glorious spring day.  The day after my favourite date of all time - 11th April.  Well, 11th April, 1977!  Suffice to say, the 1977 version has dwarfed any other since and yesterday was no different.  I suppose it snowed ...  A sad weekend, much of it...

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9th April, 2021

'I'd much rather have stayed in the Navy, frankly.' HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, when asked what he felt about his life in 1992. I, for one, am so thankful he did not as, today, we mourn his loss. One never knows what lies ahead ...  In hindsight, he...

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6th April, 2021

I'm beginning to understand the concept of writer's block.  Already Tuesday and, with the afternoon almost gone, it has taken me until now to open my laptop.  Not really like me, I am usually quite disciplined when it comes to these posts but I think I have just run...

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3rd April, 2021

Aware it was Friday - surprisingly, in this Groundhog world - somehow, I just couldn't bring myself to sit down and write.  I had been awake in the early hours of the morning with all sorts swirling around in my head - ideas, quotes, I would just rattle off my...

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29th March, 2021

Here was me pondering what I could possibly write about today ... Let me start with Jeremy Vine, Radio 2, this very lunchtime.  The 'easing' of lockdown restrictions in England.  One has to question one's sanity!  What is it?  Six people from two households allowed to...

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26th March, 2021

Divine intervention.  Not that of the miracle kind - I wish - but sufficient to get me up and dressed by 8am!  Yes, not a wink of sleep, either.  Let me explain ...  We had the annual boiler check yesterday and all good.  However, as the heating was just kicking in...

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22nd March, 2021

If I didn't think I was living in a parallel universe before, I definitely do now!  I've just heard that James Hamilton QC's report has been published, clearing the White Stiletto of breaching the Ministerial Code.  There is no hope.  The end is nigh.  Whatever...

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19th March, 2021

God is laughing!  Apparently, this is World Sleep Day.  A celebration of sleep.  Well, one can shove that up one's gilet!  I can honestly say that I have never felt so tired in all my born days.  Why?  Utter boredom, for one.  Then, there's the fact that I am inclined...

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15th March, 2021

If ever there was a stark contrast ...  The image of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, on Clapham Common on Saturday, like so many others, paying her respects at the bandstand memorial to Sarah Everard and her family.  She, herself, used to walk around London at night...

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12th March, 2021

Just a quick question.  Anyone ever substituted toothpaste for moisturiser?  So tired getting ready for bed, last night - and I had been to the dentist - I thought I was putting my Baby Lotion (yes, cheap and does the trick) on my face when I noticed that it was...

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9th March, 2021

'Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.'  Steven Biko You know, I want to write George Floyd has a lot to answer for - and I, obviously, just have - but I am wary of doing so.  Of course, his death was...

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8th March, 2021

I hadn't planned to write about THE interview today.  After all, I haven't seen it yet.  However ... it is everywhere and it is incendiary.  Every programme, every news item is demanding of opinion; of reply.  That being so, let me - for now - put my thoughts on...

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Robin Williams (Come Inside My Mind, Sky Arts)