How important is music today?

A FEW weeks ago, I mentioned a conversation I had with my 13 year old daughter about my vinyl record collection. She couldn’t understand why I needed to...

Pause for self-examination

MOST folk I meet readily concede that the “Ten Commandments” are among the most valuable of influences on our culture and attitudes to others.  Yet as I consider...

The joke is not on Ryanair

JOKES about Michael O’Leary’s airline help to keep us amused. A favourite is O’Leary’s observation that the price of a Guinness at his local is very competitive. “So...

Un-Economy #2

FRANCISCO could see that I was not best pleased about my gasless air-con unit. 'The pipe has a hole in it.' He assured me cheerfully. Well, if you...

Is there a book inside you?

IS THERE a book inside you? If so, it might be best to leave it there and enjoy dreaming of what it must be like to be a...

Un-Economy

THIS will be my first summer with a fully functioning (hopefully) air-con - it's a long story, but the bottom line is that when Procoal put in...

Pause for Direction

BEFORE moving to Spain, each June I used to really enjoy joining one of the Morecambe Bay Walks under the leadership of Cedric Robinson MBE, who since...

Simplicity sought

THE microwaves sat in a long row, silent and inscrutable, and all looking pretty much the same apart from the price tags. Due to the demise of The...

A VERY BRITISH FUDGE – WHY DEMOCRATISING THE MONARCHY MAY BE THE BEST COMPROMISE

I RECENTLY had a conversation with a friend about the Royal Family. Fatigued by the constant coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s impending wedding, I grumbled:...

Pause for Peace

EARLY in his book ‘The God Delusion,’ Richard Dawkins asserts that religion is the cause of most wars; a claim supported volubly by fellow Humanists the World...

Disaster – the sequel

THE Empress, who had dominated our kitchen for so many years, and upon whom I relied so heavily in times of hunger, was in the tender care...

The dog’s day

EVERY dog, they say, has his day. And Lucy, The Dog That Is Not Ours, had her day recently. She was trotting ahead of me on the...

Disaster

MY culinary skills, or the lack of them, is legend. I rely heavily on the microwave, a huge silver beast known as The Empress, and this reliance...

Pause to examine our doubts

IN case you hadn’t realised, we’re actually still within the season of Easter, which, for many, I appreciate can be one of the less credible of the...

Rules #2

Despite there being a ‘no animals in the bedroom’ rule I sleep with the bedroom door open, so that should Lucy need a ‘comfort break’ during the...

Rules

I AM the arbiter of the House Rules, which are few and simple: No dogs on the furniture. No cats on the work surfaces. No animals in...

Pause to prepare

Life’s been a bit interesting these past couple of weeks! Concerned at our increasing age, our daughters, knowing the remoteness of our Spanish home, have been encouraging...

Brexit makes me angry, and you should be too

BREXIT makes me angry. It makes me very angry. This, as they say, might just be the proverbial understatement. There are no gritted teeth, just a visceral...
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How important is music today?

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