Category Archives: Diary

The Choirboys

Last Sunday, my daughter Tanith presented me with a unique and unforgettable handmade card and a very welcome bottle of superior red wine for Father’s Day, while my son Jack bought me a book that had long been missing from … Continue reading

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The Moonlandingz

A few nights ago, I drove down to Exmouth at midnight, a leisurely journey along deserted, switchback roads that took something like twenty-five minutes, although I must admit that’s a guess, as I wasn’t paying attention to the passing of … Continue reading

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In Honour of William Peter Blatty

In the 1970s, when I was a teenager, I became fascinated by both the film and the novel of The Exorcist, while I remain so to this day. I could write at enormous length about why this should be, in … Continue reading

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Real Books, Fake News

Yesterday, I picked up a second-hand copy of John Le Carre’s novel A Most Wanted Man, while I also received – as a belated birthday present – a pristine hardback copy of The Tarot, a non-fiction study of these mysterious, … Continue reading

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“All Hail the Black Knight!” – In Loving and Respectful Memory of Geoff Winship

Yesterday evening, I was enormously saddened to learn of the death of Geoff Winship, a man who had been known internationally as “The Black Knight” on account of the role he played in the world’s only touring mediaeval jousting tournament, … Continue reading

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“If coincidences are just coincidences, why do they feel so contrived?”

The last thing I listened to last night before I went to sleep was the song “I’m Not Like Everybody Else“, because I’d recently been reminded of it when I’d heard it at the end of an episode of The … Continue reading

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Lily Partridge

I was deeply saddened yesterday when I learned of the untimely death of Lily Partridge, pictured above, the young woman who collapsed and died after being injured in a rugby match on Sunday, at North Tawton in Devon. My daughter … Continue reading

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The World Is Not Enough

As I write this, the news in Britain is dominated by coverage of the deliberations of members of Parliament, who are trying to decide whether or not to extend the bombing of Isis from Iraq into Syria. If you view … Continue reading

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The Ghost of a Flea – in the Flesh

As I write this, my daughter Tanith is in London for a few days. I wasn’t expecting to hear from her, as I was confident she had far better things to do with her time, so I was surprised to … Continue reading

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I’ve loved fireworks and Bonfire Night ever since I was a child; the bigger, louder and more protracted the display, the better, while my propensity for these things is undoubtedly a reason why I enjoy Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, V for … Continue reading

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