Monthly Archives: August 2012

For Harry and England

My lady wife and I are modest mice. Its not anything we have discussed,but we prefer to undress in the dark. When  we used to make children we found it was just as efficient doing it in our clothes. Suits … Continue reading

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Forbidden love

One of  the treats in  rationed  Britain in the early  1950s was to go and see Uncle Ferdie(nand). This large and wealthy man  in his late seventies  ran the family music publishing business(now  sold),was very rich,grand and we had chocolates and fruit drinks … Continue reading

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Sorry Son

When I was 21 in 1967 I had to interview for my dissertation a senior officer from the Indian Army. It took place in the grand  rooms of the United Services  which is now the Institute of Directors. In itself … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

We didnt know it at the time. But in  1965 when they buried Sir Winston Churchill in full pomp they were burying(not before time) our Imperial past. The tears  for Neil Armstrong the first man on the Moon were  in a similar … Continue reading

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Born In The USA

Rape is very much in the news. A quick Google and a Mongol horde ,a Russian Army of statistics on this sad subject appear.  Sweden one of the most civilised countries in the world has one of the highest rates. … Continue reading

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Que Sera,Sera

Octavia Rose is two days old today. Tomorrow she will be three. Days old. When she  is twenty years old,hopefully I will be dead. This is what Martin Amis meant when he said becoming a grandparent is like receiving a … Continue reading

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New Day Dawns

All over China 20 million(at least) young Mums pushed and pulled. Baby time. It meant nothing. In the Chelsea and Westminster,Team GB’s very own Vicky Thompson was way out in front. Looking great and moving through the waters breaking, contractions … Continue reading

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