November 2004

LIFE’S A GAMBLE Of all the odd thoughts this Government has had, the most unlikely so far has been the idea of altering our laws to allow what appears to be wide-open gambling. There is now, thank heavens, a move either to modify it or drop it altogether, but what on earth made them want […]

October 2004

IS LIFE FAIR, OR WHAT You read in the papers and see on the telly, people complaining about this and that, usually (these days) with a view to being compensated, either with extensive ‘counselling’ or a fat cheque from whomsoever they consider to be responsible for the tragedy they have suffered. The common trend running […]

September 2004

THE BEST INVENTION EVER A specious claim, but I stand by my decision that electricity in the home warrants the description. Here I am, at late in the evening, seeing, typing and wann after a cool day, instead of having to creep upstairs to bed in the dusk which arrives earlier every evening. All because […]

August 2004

WILDLIFE IN COULSDON We have been enabled to watch wildlife on TV recently in various places across the world. Wild it truly is, and often weird both in appearance and habits, but suited to the Australian outback or African jungles. By comparison, Coulsdon and lesser parts of England seem tame, but the wildlife is there, […]

July 2004

IT TAKES ALL SORTS… We’re surrounded by people in our lives, not just folk we know well, but people whose lives touch us to a greater or lesser extent as we go about the business of living our day-to-day existence. That’s not a profound statement – from me? – but something that occurred to me […]

June 2004

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN That was the cynical saying in Northern Ireland when I was a lad at school there before and during WWII, brought about by the enthusiasm of the electorate to ensure that their candidate won the election, be it a local or national hustings. Cynics said it was possible to record more […]

April 2004

THIS CORRESPONDENCE MUST NOW CEASE No, not the Newsletter, or at least not yet. Something much more important, at least for my lifestyle. When just out of my teenages, around 1947, at home during a Friday evening for a change and not out making hay in the hay or the like, I was tuning in […]

March 2004

CARS If there was ever one single invention and development that has changed our world, it has to be the car. Do you recall a recent speaker to our luncheons who showed pictures of London a hundred years ago and later versions of the same scene fifty years ago? The difference in traffic was the […]

February 2004

NOISY NIGHTS Elsewhere in this Newsletter I have discussed the coming changes for Coulsdon, (though I note that no comment was made about the terrible spin-off on Purley traffic), but the total effect should be to reduce noise levels, both day and night. Stress was written into the comments about our continuing to need a […]

January 2004

OUR FUTURE AS A CLUB We are proud of being the second-oldest Probus Club in the world, or, for all we know, the Universe. In a couple of months it will be 36 years since we started and in all that time volunteers have come forward to help fill our various parts. One of the […]