Friday, 30 November 2012


I like my doctor, but I worry about him. The trouble is he is already 84. I don't know what I'll do when he

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Book What I Wrote

A couple of years ago, unable to find any novels that I really wanted to read, I decided I should act on my

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Ozymandias All Over Again

I don't know where it came from but for a long time we've had a mug commemorating Margaret Thatcher,

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Nothing is Lost

If you look hard enough, everything is on the Internet - including Judi Dench in the play I mentioned

Monday, 26 November 2012

A Girl After my Own Heart

I am no nearer understanding why I'm always in such a rush in the kitchen these days, but I have

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Why the Rush

Lately I've noticed my attempts at cooking all too often end up being focussed on getting the process over

Saturday, 24 November 2012


Before I start ranting and raving, let me make it clear

Friday, 23 November 2012

Corsets and Sable Trim

If I can't find some food in a book, then a passage that is full of details about clothes is the next best thing. As

Thursday, 22 November 2012

It Was Round and Pale Green

The bush is very smelly at the moment. At first I thought it might be because of the yellow flowers that are

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

As I Was Saying

I think I may have mentioned tattoos recently - and here I am, moth-like, drawn to the subject again. This

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Sunday, 18 November 2012

It Must Be Love

One of my favourite Internet friends is Denis Wright and his

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Filial Duty

When I was young, I was quite often left by myself at home. My mother would

Friday, 16 November 2012


Recently, our Prime Minister, in defending the male Speaker of

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Italian Antidotes

I have just spent twenty-four hours without coffee or tea and I have to, reluctantly, admit

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Smiling Spy Turns Ninety

In 2010 I wrote a post about George Blake and I'm

Monday, 12 November 2012

Books and Reading

I've just finished the new biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper. One of the things that

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Things I Never Knew about Canberra

A Canberra MP (Labor, it almost goes without saying, given that Canberra is a Labor city) had

Friday, 9 November 2012

Abandoned Places

I've been reading a book by Rose Macaulay about ruins lately and also reading

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


A VC was awarded to an Australian soldier, Corporal Daniel Keighran, the other

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Vote One: Ol' Creepy

For any American readers wrestling with their democratic duty, here is a suggestion from

Autres Temps

My primary school education in the early sixties in England was, I suppose, a kind of

Monday, 5 November 2012

Bling Queen

I never ever thought Queen Victoria would stoop to

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Winners Are Grinners

There is an interesting essay podcast on the Radio 3 website, dealing with