Posted on 10:43am Monday 20th October 2014
Last week brought the welcome news that Kate Reddy, the hollow-eyed, sleep-deprived heroine of Allison Pearson’s novel I Don’t Know How She Does It, is making a come-back as Sandwich Woman in Ms Pearson’s weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 17th October 2014
How many famous Hungarians spring to mind. We tested each other and came up short as we headed for our first-ever visit to Hungary and Budapest,
Posted on 8:15am Friday 17th October 2014
Are you ready for this weeks jabber? …. Ok, So Just because life shrinks to the size of a postage stamp it doesn’t mean you have to get licked…and no making up your own jokes …unless you’re willing to share them of course? Life can become small for many reasons, for me it’s a collection of illnesses to the point I could hold an exhibition, having the whole world gradually decline to such a compact space is frustrating and claustrophobic but you either suck it up and deal with it…or you don’t, they’re the options.
Posted on 1:20pm Friday 10th October 2014
There is a building in Budapest that is called the House of Horror in which a museum documents the excesses of Nazi and Communist regimes. We both felt compelled to go and from the sombre, bass-noted music upon our arrival to our return to the sunlight, we wondered at the stupidity of political ideology.
Posted on 12:10pm Friday 10th October 2014
At 9am on Sunday, I’ll be setting off on a 13.1-mile course around the middle of London, pounding through Hyde, Green and St James’ parks, all in an effort to raise a bit of money for charity and prove to myself I really can achieve this curious challenge.
Posted on 8:37am Friday 10th October 2014
Good Friday morning my friends, it seems to come around so quick, So let me kick this week off by asking, do you love your town or not and why? The reason I ask is Saturday 4th October saw the closure of our local Market here in Watford, not that anyone would’ve noticed considering the orchestration of its demise started a number of years ago courtesy of those rubbing their shoulders & greasy palms with developers. So you could count how many stalls were left on one hand....
Are girls today, heavier and stockier than they were back in the 1960s? The evidence suggests they are...
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 3rd October 2014
We were preparing for an autumn tour, taking in four capitals: Budapest, Vienna, Prague and back to Paris, but waiting to catch the train to Paris and the airport, we had cause to muse that todays young females are noticeably heavier than those in the 1960s.
Comment: I had the honour of being invited to two secondary schools to tell sixth formers about journalism
Posted on 2:50pm Friday 3rd October 2014
I love giving talks such as these; the frustrated actress in me enjoys the performance, even if the scribe in me wonders if having the time to take to the stage in this way suggests I have failed as a writer.
Posted on 8:20am Friday 3rd October 2014
Its funny how a word like pants can have different meanings, but still all apply to you….and whoever just shouted “& your singing? “ go stand in the corner. Apart from wearing them, I’ve always used the terminology of “pants” to describe how I’m feeling regarding M.E & Fibromyalgia because its less depressing than saying “ill”.
Posted on 12:20pm Friday 26th September 2014
A family gathering gave us a chance to show the house and garden off to the best advantage. However, things were not going well for the Koi carp and the pond. Added to which we had a noisy, unwelcome visitor..
Posted on 8:37am Friday 26th September 2014
I wasn’t sure about this weeks title “The NHS is sick” because as a rap/hiphop artist I thought it might cause some confusion with the urban slang thing, So I’d just like to point out that I mean sick as in sick and NOT sick as in “really cool innit?” wi me blud? Good then I’ll begin….
Posted on 4:31pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
By the time you read this we will know the results and whether or not those of us who spend their summer holiday north of the border will be needing a passport next August.
Posted on 4:20pm Wednesday 24th September 2014
He seems incredibly normal for someone who has grown up in his utterly abnormal surroundings.
Posted on 12:50pm Friday 19th September 2014
Several little milestones in my life seemed to point in one direction and after many years I have finally booked the flights, the hotel and the trip and Ellie and I will head for Prague, dropping in at Budapest and Vienna en route.
Posted on 8:05am Friday 19th September 2014
Yaaaaaay! Well, unless the king has lip curled or hip thrust his way into the building since I last blogged here in 2010.. uh huh! Then I have indeed been true to my word…..I’m back, & before Elvis. Back with a Pfff, Fizz, Plop. I know that makes me sound like an Alka-Seltzer but it comes with less expectation than a Bang and I don’t want to disappoint....
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014
Short-term memory is not at its peak as you get older but we have pooled our observations and now we can say that we have an extra, unseen resident in tour house in France. Did "something" move in when it was uninhabited for 40 years?
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 5th September 2014
It was also touching to see her renew her acquaintance with Cheryl Cole (neé Tweedy, formerly of Girls Aloud), now Mrs Fernandez-Versini.
Posted on 6:22am Friday 5th September 2014
A local author wrote a book combining realism and surrealism about Oxhey Estate.I stumbled across the book in my motor home and was puzzled as to how it got there.
Posted on 3:11pm Friday 29th August 2014
Our friends were in trouble but why did they write to us?
Posted on 12:10pm Friday 29th August 2014
Not just for quality of food, but for atmosphere, value for money, for that intangible sense of excellence. Which eatery provides the biggest hmmm for your buck?
Posted on 11:47am Friday 22nd August 2014
We collect books on our travels and this summer we raided the "not read yet" bookcase with some gratifying results.
Posted on 10:36am Friday 15th August 2014
Kim Kardashian, Katie Price and all those botoxed, cosmetically enhanced "celebs" with limited talent grab the attention but this week a woman with real class, style, talent and acumen hit the headlines because she died.
Posted on 3:20pm Friday 8th August 2014
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. Back in the 1970s when I used the subway under the Watford ring road to get to the girls’ grammar school every day, the graffiti always tickled me.
Posted on 2:10pm Friday 8th August 2014
Watford’s Lib Dems must be glad that an end to the bruising "will-she-won’t-she" saga is on the horizon.
Posted on 6:14pm Friday 1st August 2014
Tumbling beach umbrellas cause numerous injuries every year, largely because their owners do not fix them deep in the sand. In Tamariu, on the Costa Brava, my life seemed in danger.
Posted on 2:20pm Friday 1st August 2014
If a week is a long time in politics it may go some way to explaining why politicians have such short memories. It was only a few years ago that Hertfordshire County Council ruling councillors was piously telling resident’s they needed to switch off streetlights at night (coincidentally when they are most effective) to save cash and lower carbon emissions.
Posted on 3:10pm Friday 25th July 2014
Have you ever noticed how people with really big things to contend with - a desperately sick child or bankruptcy - say very little about their misfortunes, while those with relatively few things to complain about are often the most grumpy and least grateful for what they do have? I know any parent of healthy, loved and well-fed teenagers will back me up here.
Posted on 2:50pm Friday 25th July 2014
What is the likelihood of a new hospital being built in Watford? This will be one of the main questions being examined today as the Farm Terrace Allotment holders take their fight to the High Court.
Posted on 9:32am Friday 25th July 2014
London Bridge is tumbling down the glib headline writers claim. In fact it would probably have lasted another 150 years had the USA not got their hands on it and carted it to Arizona.
Posted on 3:00pm Friday 18th July 2014
On A sunny day, Cassiobury Park really is gorgeous. We walked through it last weekend, watching the world go by, enjoying a Cha-Cha-Cha coffee and just about resisting the ice-cream temptation.
Posted on 1:00pm Friday 18th July 2014
The NHS is a closed shop. We pay for it. We depend on it to save our lives. Yet when it fails, it’s apparently not a matter for our concern. The people who run the service can just carry on as normal – business as usual.
Posted on 2:50pm Friday 11th July 2014
How children’s parties have changed. When I was little, you put on your best frock, took a small gift (something eminently sensible like a book or an educational toy) and played musical chairs and pass the parcel in the birthday girl’s front room.
Posted on 5:38pm Monday 7th July 2014
In the unlikely event of anyone being distressed or even mildly disconcerted by the lack of a fresh column, I thought it best, if belatedly, to point out that I am taking a three-week holiday with my wife Ellie and our two dogs and will return in late July.
Posted on 12:10pm Friday 4th July 2014
A few weeks back I lauded the West Herts hospital trust for the way it engages with patients on social media sites such as Twitter.
Posted on 1:10pm Friday 27th June 2014
You know you’re getting old when your teenage children go out on a Saturday night and you stay in - but you don’t mind because you’ve got a garden visit to look forward to on Sunday and you want to be up early to pack the pork pies, hard boil the eggs and fill the Thermos.
Posted on 12:40pm Friday 27th June 2014
I have outed myself in the past as something of a bridge-sceptic. When it comes to Watford pond anyway. For the sake of clarity, I should state I have no objection to bridges in general; in fact I find them an efficient and inoffensive method of traversing aquatic obstacles.
Posted on 10:00am Saturday 21st June 2014
England are football also-rans and when two of the supposedly best strikers in the league put in powder-puff shots straight at the keeper, and central defenders leave one of the most dangerous strikers in the world with a free header and shot, it is the manager's fault. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Cassiobury Park you might want to buy.
Posted on 12:49pm Friday 20th June 2014
The Watford’s Liberal Democrats are a broad church. Among its ranks the ruling party can currently count three former Conservatives leaders and at least one ex-Labour councillor.
Posted on 12:20pm Friday 20th June 2014
Every child will, at some point, ask their parent where money comes from. And every parent will think it comes from hard graft and there used to be a lot more of it until it got used up on nappies, massive supermarket shops and family holidays.
Posted on 12:40pm Wednesday 18th June 2014
Anyone with the wherewithal to set up a Twitter or Facebook account has the capacity to broadcast their views. This makes the individual a far more powerful figure than previously.
Posted on 2:40pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
It’s comforting to know Hertfordshire’s roads are in such rude health that highways bosses can now turn their attention to problems that don’t exist.
Posted on 1:30pm Friday 6th June 2014
We live in a rural conurbation of two villages, with an aggregate population of 2,400, perched in a valley either side of a river. Each of the villages has returned Marine Le Pen candidates in the Europe vote.
Posted on 4:30pm Friday 30th May 2014
I hope all you women out there made it to the polling station last week. Even if you found the number of names on the ballot papers bewildering (for parish council, district council and European parliamentary candidates), what matters is you voted.