Red Balloons At Shrewsbury

We arrived at Shrewsbury with high hopes and red balloons. After about 70 minutes the balloons and our hopes were burst . Dozens of Charlton fans were reeling from the effects of pepper spray deployed by the police with all the experimental zeal of children in the playground trying out a new water pistol .…

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The Donald and Me

The news that Donald Trump is to visit the UK on Friday 13th July sent a chill down my spine .  You see it’s personal between the Donald and me . He has been following me. Or at least in my footsteps when he comes to Europe First it was Taormina for the G7. He…

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Weather Saved the Skirpals?

Apparently it may have been the British weather that saved the Skirpals from the worst effects of Novichok. The speculation is that the Novichok was administered by its application to a door handle . Apparently there is a case from 1995 when Novichok was applied to an office phone killing two people . It is…

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The Music of the Masts

One of my earliest holiday memories is the music of the masts as the rigging of the yachts in Chichester Harbour , West Wittering clattered  in rhythm with the wind . The beach was tantalisingly close . The lagoons ( if the tide was out) and the Green Chalet ( bucket, spades and windmills )…

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Hendrix in Mayfair

Improbably , Handel and Hendrix lived in the same house in Mayfair – obviously separated by a couple of floors and two hundred years or so  The music Hendrix was listening to at the time is on display – some eclectic choices . Handel seems to have taken his music with him .

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Big in Iceland

I was big in Iceland for about the fabled 15 minutes . I even got to meet the President and visit the Hofdihaus – famous as where Reagan and Gorbachev met for the first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) which created the period of Detente / Glasnost / Peristroika . A period that we have…

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Lost in Norwich

‘It’s the other side of the city ‘ said the helpful receptionist when I asked whether I could walk to the football stadium ‘I’ll get you a taxi ‘ . Of course the flaw in the plan was I had no idea of the way back . After the match I followed the tide of…

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