December 2003

LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT When I was a lad, in serious need of finding the best-looking girls in the district, I joined Purley Young Conservatives. Nor was I let down, but that is another story… The political difference between parties in those days, at least to my untutored mind, was absolute. I didn’t know I […]

November 2003

DON’T ARGUE, DEBATE IT! As I have mentioned in these columns before, along with several other Probeans in our Club I am a member of the Coulsdon &: Purley Debating Society. No recent foundation, it started in 1909 when gentlemen returning from Town on the train didn’t have time to finish the discussion before walking […]

October 2003

HOBBIES PAST AND PRESENT I suppose I had always assumed that a ‘hobby’ and a ‘hobby horse’ were connected, but in my mind only loosely in the manner of being obsessive about something that mattered to me but to few others. So I looked it up and indeed I was right, one being the subject […]

September 2003

DURING THE WAR A Letter to the Editor In response to my plea last month, Mike Talamo has written the following “Ian Scales’s piece m your August edition about nicknames prompted me to remember that these sobriquets are not necessarily just bestowed by us on our fellow men, but also on inanimate objects such as […]

August 2003

C’MON, WHAT’S YOUR REAL NAME? A couple of months ago there was reference on these pages to loss of detail memory, especially forgetting recent facts and events; no problem with recall in detail of things that happened sixty or seventy years ago or thereabouts – they’re there in colour – but naming the person you […]

July 2003

A MISCELLANY Sometimes – not very often – these Newsletters are planned, or even plan themselves. The hardest part is what to write on this front page which over the years has turned into a spot where I can air my views on the changing world, usually to its discredit. This time there is no […]

June 2003

ON HEALTH, FITNESS… Bill Brinkley dropped me a filler for the Newsletter, about matters of inevitability, tempus fugity and longevity in general. It appears he was standing on the 16th, when his golfing partner, drawing a deep sigh exclaimed that every three months was a bonus these days. Suspecting that it was something to do […]

May 2003

CURSES! One of these months, this page is going to be blank, simply because I suffer from writer’s block and can think of nothing original with which to fill it. It nearly happened this time, but last Tuesday morning – as I do each week – I was spending a couple of hours on duty […]

April 2003

VOTE FOR US! I have thought to start a new political party which I am sure would catch on- The Presbycrats, being formed by and for the Elders of Society. The first person I bounced this off said “I’m not a Presbyterian”, so a new name is needed Why Greek anyway? Our own Anglo-Saxon language […]

April 2002

AN OCCASIONAL AGONY Annual General Meeting Agenda Minutes of the last AGM & matters arising. Chairman’s report. Treasurer’s report. Election of Officers & Committee for the coming year. Any other business. The Chaining of the New Chairman. Speakers We welcomed members of The Orpheus Trust to our February meeting, when staff members Donna Holland and […]