i fought the floor…

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

…and the floor (nearly) won. It’s finally down – or at least most of it is – but dear God, the dust. To anybody who called in the days that followed and was faintly surprised to hear the late Leonard Cohen answering, unfortunately that was me. And more is to come since there’s still the […]

hokus pokus…

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

And another timezone is upon us (sort of) even if my normally peaceful unawareness of this was scuppered by my forgetting to change the clock on the old hifi that serves as an amp for my radio alarm, resulting in my getting woken up at 7am on Sunday morning by Betty Harris. All things considered, […]

stir it up…

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Well a couple of weeks later and it’s safe to say that the coat is now firmly on! Everything is very pretty assuming you’re on the right side of the torrential downpours, which on Monday lunchtime I definitely wasn’t; see also my favourite Scarborough tree in the photo, which every year is happy to get […]

one more sleep!

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

And for once I am really really here rather than leaving it to the autopublish function, even if I did draft most of this whilst legged out on the couch at the weekend with a box of Matchmakers and my precious Radio Times close at hand. It’s been an odd week in the nicest possible […]

fifteen more sleeps…

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

…and we’re finally into the countdown; the advent calendar is up and running, I have eaten one haggis, a box of mint Matchmakers and watched Nightmare Before Christmas online once. Elf is next on the list having been stolen from Channel 4’s regular schedule by the dark forces at Sky (boooo) but as with so […]

nirvana (plan b)…

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Well after all that (predictably pre-drafted on Thursday evening and auto-published in the name of common sense) it turned out that sadly the R&R, for the first time in five years or so, was not forthcoming on this occasion thanks in no small part to Champney’s executive decision somewhere along the line to replace whatever […]

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

A mid-week update, having newly arrived in my third London hotel of the last seven days and begun settling in nicely with the help of the usual local folk, who can always be relied upon for an enthusiastic welcome and especially at this time of year. And very nice they are too! The week began […]

west end girl…

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

So, a far less tardy contribution after arriving back from That London late Saturday night after a fun but frantic few days, bar an unprecedented break on one due to what some would probably call a Temporary Maintenance Issue (I can’t be the only person who would love to know when, and more pertinently why […]

twenty one more sleeps to go…

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Well whatever the detractors might think (and unlike myself after eight mince pies from Betty’s brought by a kind visitor the other day), it’s all undoubtedly starting to take shape, starting with the weather (distinctly chilly at time of writing), the television (on which I have watched many, many Bonds over the last couple of […]

another one bites the dust…

Friday, December 31st, 2010

And the strangely paced and eerily lit limbo that stretches between Christmas and New Year draws to a close – the oddness of having shops and banks open (barely, or at least provided you didn’t blink) and people going back to work while there are still films with recognisable actors on television during the day […]

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