Historical Dockyard Chatham

The historic Dockyard at Chatham has for over 300 years played a highly important role in supporting the Royal Navy. These dockyards built over 400 ships including HMS Victory, Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar. The dockyard encompasses an area of 80 acres and has been voted Kents attraction of the year, it includes the historic warships […]

May 2005

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE… … and not a drop to drink (said, I think, The Ancient Mariner). If it doesn’t start raining soon, we shall be in the same position. The weather forecasters don’t help, with their joyful faces telling us that “the weather will be bright, hot and sunny for the foreseeable future”, never thinking […]

April 2005

OUR HUNDREDTH Never thought we would make it; indeed, never thought about it at all until this passing milestone was mentioned at our last meeting. What is so special about achieving a hundred of anything anyway? It’s a passing thought that, had humans been born with six digits on each hand instead of five, there […]

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 […]

Docklands Museum

A cold, damp misty February day at the start of 2005 found us in London’s dockland surrounded by the cities skyscrapers. Nevertheless the trip, organised by Phil Munsen, was enthralling, and was very worthwhile. We traveled up to London on our Freedom Passes, braving not only British Rail but the underground system. The museum traced […]

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 […]