28th November, 2022

Saturday night, my phone pinged beside me, alerting me to the sad, sad news - the death of Doddie Weir.  He was only fifty-two years old.  The rain was teeming down outside, as though tears ...   Please, Stop the Rain ... I thought it had stopped But I was wrong...

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21st November, 2022

Last Thursday evening found me in the New Picture House, St Andrews, familiar to me since I was a little girl.  In fact, as though stepping back in time, nothing has really changed and I suspect the nostalgic surrounds only served to enhance the charm of a film set in...

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15th November, 2022

Could the weather be any more miserable?  Yes, yes, it is November and I have never liked the eleventh month.  It's miserable!  Only thing it has going for it is the build-up to Christmas.  I mean, imagine if November was just suspended in the middle of nowhere.  Just...

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11th November, 2022

I did come back from Rome.  Sunshine, blue skies, thirty degrees, umbrella trees; history at every turn, Cervaro at The Hassler, Vincent van Gogh ... and then Ryanair!  In the words of John Lennon, 'Reality leaves a lot to the imagination'.  He was right and,...

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28th October, 2022

What does one write on a sunny, hot day in Rome when this is the last thing one feels like doing and one has nothing to say?  Seriously.  No scribbled notes, no nothing.  All the news from the UK is just more of the boring same.  In one ear and out the next.  No...

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24th October, 2022

So, I came to Rome ...  Wandering around on my own, today, I felt like Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.   I said I felt like Julia Roberts!  Actually, watched that film again just recently.  Perhaps that was all the push I needed to book my last-minute flight; well,...

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14th October, 2022

It's Cliff Richard's Birthday today.  Weird how these things come to mind.  Eighty-two years young, the ego can be callous in its trickery.  He still seems to believe he is some kind of adonis, happily churning out the calendars year after year.  Meanwhile, the very...

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7th October, 2022

Armageddon is nigh, according to Biden, who, alarmingly, might very well be the model for Optimus, Elon Musk's humanoid robot!  Good name that, Optimus.  Something very positive about it ...  As Putin, reportedly, rounds up his family and numerous children, ordering...

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30th September, 2022

My day has not been wasted.  For some time, of the belief that this country is no longer 'Great' and an alternative must, surely, exist - somewhere - offering a life free from the unpalatable 'woke', intent on the destruction of our very foundations, today, my prayers...

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26th September, 2022

I know.  A Monday bonus!  Other words may apply but, as I used to sign off in the olden days, 'Nobody forced you to read it!'.  As my reader is aware, I am endeavouring to limit my posts to one per week, transferring my focus to my future best seller; however,...

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23rd September, 2022

'We live in a cynical world.  A cynical world ...'   I wish, Tom!  I wish that was the strongest word necessary but, in the here and now, that is just being polite!  It's twenty-six years since that classic film was released - Jerry Maguire - and 1996 feels like...

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15th September, 2022

'Grief is the price we pay for love'.  HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022) The poignancy of words attributed to the Queen in the aftermath of 9/11, almost twenty-one years ago to the day.  It was the quote which accompanied a full-page black and white photograph of...

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Robin Williams