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Posted on 12:20pm Friday 22nd November 2013
A few years ago, I got a wonderful email. It came out of the blue just before Christmas, inviting me to a special screening of the Doctor Who Christmas special. And I could bring a guest.
Posted on 12:22pm Monday 18th November 2013
The footballer Tom Cleverley once spent a while on loan at Watford. Since then he’s become a familiar face for Manchester United and England, but he was back in the town a couple of months back and tweeted a photo that he said brought back the memories.
Posted on 4:30pm Friday 27th September 2013
If there’s one thing Watford does well – and yes, I know there are lots of things Watford does with supreme skill – but if there's one thing we can all agree on, it’s surely car parks.
Posted on 10:00am Friday 13th September 2013
I have horrible feet. There, it’s said, and we can move on together. Better to confront the fact right at the start, then work through the issues. It’s hard to imagine the concept of truly beautiful feet, but mine are at the other end of the scale.
Posted on 2:50pm Friday 10th May 2013
We were going through some old boxes this weekend, clearing away the collected debris of two decades of hoarding, and facing that terrible dilemma – having dutifully carried these things round for year upon year, can you finally face throwing them away?
Posted on 10:47am Monday 15th April 2013
We've got plenty of sporting treasures round here. Not just Vicarage Road, but some staggeringly beautiful cricket grounds, football fields that stretch into the distance, excellent cycle paths, equestrian facilities, golf courses and ten-pin bowling.
Posted on 9:47am Friday 1st March 2013
My wife and I have made a vow to try to go to the cinema once in a while. We wanted to say once per week but the demands of work, children and, well, life in general often turn an aspiration into a near-miss.
Posted on 10:57am Friday 8th February 2013
A year ago, I went camping with the local Cub Scout group and it snowed. Not a little apology of a flurry, but proper deep snow. We got back to the campsite, tired and hungry, and ended up having hot chocolate next to a raging fire as the snow fell all around us.
Posted on 10:00am Friday 30th November 2012
So winter’s here. We can’t avoid it any more. The signs are all around us and, while I’m constantly on the lookout for the happy side of global warming, there are only so many times that you can deny what’s right in front of you.
Posted on 1:36pm Friday 16th November 2012
My father turned 80 this week so we had a little party. Family and a few friends, some glasses of bubbly and his choice of food – sausages and mash followed by profiteroles. When you get to his age, you eat what you like.
Posted on 2:12pm Friday 2nd November 2012
There is a little list on many news websites that tells you the most read articles of the day. It’s normally one of three things – either an important news story, a tale that involves a celebrity, or something utterly weird.
Posted on 11:38am Friday 5th October 2012
The latest James Bond theme tune comes out today. It’s by Adele and it sounds rather lovely, albeit it’s also fair to say that it sounds like plenty of other Bond tunes of the past – soaring vocals, strong strings, good melody and a somewhat laboured way of shoehorning in the name of the film.
Posted on 9:30am Friday 4th May 2012
So we went to see the Harry Potter tour. We're hardly alone in that because if you're reading this, and you live within kicking distance of Leavesden, there's a decent chance you've done exactly the same.
Posted on 1:56pm Friday 24th February 2012
HERE’S a question to drivers: when you want to get to a particular place, what’s your choice from the following two options: (a) get to a station, take a train, then at the other end, wait for a shuttle bus with a load of other people, or (b) get in your car, drive there, park, get out.
Posted on 11:48am Friday 27th January 2012
When we think of historic buildings, we British tend to go long. Because we’ve got the benefit of many centuries worth of architecture, we reckon that Hampton Court Palace, The Globe Theatre and Stonehenge are historic. Unless it was visited by the original Queen Elizabeth, it just doesn’t seem very old.
Posted on 4:11pm Monday 16th January 2012
Well, here’s a first. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to receive letters, phone calls, emails and tweets in response to things I’ve written or broadcast. But never before have my opinions sparked anyone into sending me a poem in response.
Posted on 10:58am Monday 5th December 2011
THERE was an era when I used to get junk mail by the ream, every day. It would be American Express offering me a glamorous lifestyle if only I’d pay them, holiday companies offering to whisk my family and I off at great expense and an apparently unending series of letters from the credit card company MBNA.
Posted on 10:09am Friday 16th September 2011
SOME years ago, I worked on The Sunday Times when the paper employed Tara Palmer-Tomkinson as a columnist. She wasn’t particularly funny, erudite or incisive but she was very well connected and attended a lot of glamorous parties. And so began the cult of the uncelebrated celebrity.