Monthly Archives: February 2014

Immigrant Labour

Every week I teach an immigrant English. Its part of a very healthy scheme run by  near by Merton Council to outreach those who cannot get to English classes. In the last two years I have taught an Indian from … Continue reading

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Putney in Paris

When Putney met Paris   In Paris we stayed near the wonderfully understated Place de Vosges once the home to 18th aristocrats. And  a little later Victor Hugo. It was his house at number six we visited. Which reminded me … Continue reading

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Sex Change Blues

Mums and Jesus I have as most of you know a prostate /postate/prostrate problem. This has meant I have been for the last few months taking  female hormones. The results have been that  I sleep worse and Vivien sleeps better. … Continue reading

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Tiger Mum Caged

Pussy Dad Speaks   Like a petrified rabbit I am caught in the headlights of Amy Chua’s book The Triple Package. Following up on her Tiger Mum success she points out that those who succeed-ie do  well at the best … Continue reading

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Age Can Wither

Footsteps In American football when the quarter back hears footsteps  its because he knows he is about to be sacked. He hasn’t passed the ball in time and he is going down. In my street we know many people but … Continue reading

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Sweet as Bitter

Usually when I go into the Bricklayers  Arms,the real ale pub in Putney in the afternoon, there is the retired postman, the well educated bar  man, sometimes a Glasgow Ranger supporter and occasionally an American lady with her dog. Pure … Continue reading

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At the setting of the sun

One of the many differences between the French and British heads of state is even more obvious. That is a French head of state always leave some lasting legacy. (Oh the grandeur)The Pompidou Centre  comes quickly to mind. Where is … Continue reading

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