Monthly Archives: May 2012

Battle for Hastings

My neighbours and I are culture vultures, We travel the country looking at cathedrals and lately provincial art galleries. Three have been opened recently in the run down towns -Margate, Hastings and Wakefield. The first two are in seaside resorts which  got a bit left behind  forty years ago when  Mr and … Continue reading

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My kinda girl

“Reader suppose you were an idiot ;and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” What a wag Mark Twain was. Surely he didnt have in mind Jo Swinson ,Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire(where,who cares). She … Continue reading

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Way to go

Lawrence Oates a thick Mummy’s boy ,who bought his way onto Scott’s fatal Antarctic expedition is one of the most famous Englishmen because of his immortal last words “I am going outside,I maybe sometime.” His body was never found, and ,although the … Continue reading

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Another country

In big cities the further you get from the centre the uglier people become. Fatter,weaker,older,poorer,more depressing,more depressed. So it is on my weekly visit to Mitcham a part of  the South London sprawl which is so despised. Broken windows, rubbish … Continue reading

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No such thing as a free brandy

Soho, Saturday, its hot, the girls are almost naked. Eric and I meet at the French pub for our once a week . Its too hot for the cinema and for standing outside. Across the road China town is  abursting. … Continue reading

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Stairway to heaven

WC Fields the man who made the bloated ,purple nose fashionable was once caught reading the Bible. When asked what he was doing,he replied. “Checking the small print”. Now I am approaching clickety ,click,all the sixes I realise that the … Continue reading

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Morality play

I am  cycling through Bishops Park. Its a lovely day, I am feeling  good. I have just been to the North End Road market where the chat and the bargains always cheer me up. Ahead is a crowd of young boys ages … Continue reading

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