27th July, 2023

Quite frankly, I am at pains as to where to begin ...  I love the English language of old.  So much more expressive in the wake of the colloquial two-dimensional drivel of today.  It's been more than two weeks since my last post - of which I have just reminded myself...

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12th July, 2023

You cannot be serious!!  John McEnroe.  What were you thinking?  If ever there was an embodiment of a male 'mid-life' crisis - in all honesty, post 'mid-life' crisis - then, yesterday, the 64-year-old former champion turned commentator was it.  Thinning grey hair -...

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5th July, 2023

Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3 ...  Wonder why that came into my head?  Ian Dury & the Blockheads, 1979.  More to the point, whatever happened to Parts 1& 2?  Let's face it, there are few enough reasons for Part 1, alone!  Struggling to muster the enthusiasm,...

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26th June, 2023

How's your imagination?  Picture I am some famous singer appearing at Glastonbury ...  I did say it required imagination!  Anyway, headlining - obvs - and walking out onto the Pyramid Stage to harness the adulation, the first thing I would do is ask/tell anyone...

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14th June, 2023

A wait of three years but it was worth every second ...  Andrea Bocelli, live, in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome.  I still remember booking the tickets, way back in August 2019.  A considered amount, we pondered long and hard but the decision was always inevitable.  The...

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7th June, 2023

Oh, fickle weather!  Apparently, it's June.  Who would know?  Well, Tom, Donny and the other one ...  I have three calendars hanging around, as it were, and, remembering to turn the page on each, I am reminded daily of the passage of time.  To be honest, Donny still...

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29th May, 2023

'Add life to your days, not days to your life.' Ben Fogle Honestly, Ben Fogle should be available on the NHS.  On second thoughts, nobody can wait that long.  Can we clone him?! Last night marked the third time I have seen him but I shall never tire of listening to...

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22nd May, 2023

'Feeling positive????  Are you kidding me?  It's practically dark here, my back is killing me from so much sitting and writing, the world is in free-fall and human beings are horrible!!  Anything else?  Oh, Beyoncé rocks, thank God!' My message of reply to a friend -...

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15th May, 2023

Well, here I am once more afoot ...  I used to say that all the time and I have absolutely no idea why!  Today, it's said in resignation, really, as I did not intend to be here at this moment.  In fact, I had one foot out the door on my way to the beach when darkness...

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9th May, 2023

So many things to do, so little time to do them.   Why is that always the way - or is it an age thing?  How many times, when you were little, were you told to wait until you're older when the years will just fly by?  Yes.  Yes.  Who listened?!  No truer word spoken,...

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4th May, 2023

Apologies, once again.  Time waits for no man, clearly.  It's hard to believe that I used to post every day during lockdown, dropping back to twice-weekly thereafter.  Now ...  I think I was so enraged back then, refusing to be taken for a fool, as the forces that be...

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21st April, 2023.

I've got a book to finish!  Somehow, though, I knew I'd end up writing about last night, good or bad ... Ironically, torturous was my word of choice when I turned to Manny as the lights went up in the cinema following the National Theatre Live screening of 'Good'.  A...

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Robin Williams