March 2005

THE MONARCHY We live in odd times. Some would call them dangerous while others might consider the changes talked about as being long overdue. This Editor comes into the first category, a Royalist to the core. I don’t have to spell it out, but for over a thousand years this country of ours has developed […]

February 2005

OH, I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE No, not at Brighton at this (or any other) time of the year; maybe Cornwall or somewhere else craggy and far from the madding crowd. This note has been brought on by an article in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph, making me remember some things that affect just […]

December 2005

DAMN SILLY THINGS This time of the year causes me – and I am sure many others – to look back, not just over the past year which in my case I am glad to see the back of, but somehow one is reminded of embarrassing moments, of damn silly things, by reading newspapers or […]

December 2005

NINE’ N’ ELEVEN-THREE I was in Waitrose the other day – if the truth be told, I cannot recall which day and it doesn’t matter, but almost certainly to buy just a couple of items I had forgotten on the previous day’s shopping – and the total came to something like £3.06. I said to […]

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 […]