Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nick Zelle RIP

Nick Zelle(1943-2013) A strange and exotic bird. In the bad old days in l960, when I came to the “big school”,he  as a prefect,  chose me to be his fag. This meant a relatively comfortable life sharing the prefects study … Continue reading

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The Other Nine Tenths

The other day a local estate agent phoned me up. He had just sold a four bedroomed ,terrace  house in our street for £1.45m. Its more or less the same as ours so that means  our house’s price has doubled … Continue reading

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Hello Sailor

It is difficult for a Londoner to avoid Joseph Mallord Turner(1775-1851). He dominates as he should the Tate Britain, he bestrides that  gallery as the colossus he is. He dominates the National Gallery,his paintings after all are so moving, so … Continue reading

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Hello Sailor

On the bend  of the river at St Marys Battersea  you see the picture he painted nearly two hundred years ago. Similarly on top of Richmond Hill you see the exact same field going towards Ham which he and so … Continue reading

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Wrestling with Rubens and Roth

There was a time when the old Johnston would stir at the whiff of a breeze. A nicker line, a cleavage, the hint of pubic hair, a smile could get  some stirring in the undergrowth. But of course those days … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place

The centre is beginning to collapse. The other day I looked good. My Harrods tweed, a natty scarf, tangerine sweater, I was off to the theatre. I stopped for a coffee, I was a f laneur with time to spare. … Continue reading

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Milliband and I

MILLIBAND and I (with apologies to Withnail and I) Owing to his demise the part of Richard Griffiths is played by the Rev Paul Flowers.   Monty: Do you like vegetables? I’ve always been fond of root crops but I … Continue reading

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