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The Return of Rich the Bitch

My previous post was uncharacteristically upbeat and even jolly, but now it’s time to get back to normal with a quick look back at some of the year’s nasties together with a few perennial grouches. ALCOHOL:  I enjoy an occasional drink myself and don’t want to be hypocritical about this, but having had to watch … Continue reading The Return of Rich the Bitch

′Tis the Season

Have you reached the end of your tether? Do you feel as if you’re hanging by your fingernails to the crumbling edge of a cliff? Have you been worn to a frazzle? If the answer is yes, congratulations are in order, says my horoscope in The Daily Mail — I hate their politics but buy … Continue reading ′Tis the Season

Cheap cafés

I don’t think my taste-buds are any less sensitive or less educated than anyone else’s. I’ve dined in some fancy places in Paris, Rome, Madrid, New York and many in London, I’ve commissioned and published books on fine food and wine, I’ve eaten and enjoyed superb meals served by kind friends and now and again … Continue reading Cheap cafés

Updates

A quick update to previous posts and news about some changes to this site. In ‘What’s Going On’ I suggested that the Colston Hall in Bristol be renamed, and much more influential people thought likewise so a few days later it was. It’s now called the Bristol Beacon, and the statue of Edward Colston has … Continue reading Updates

Heaven and Hell

Autumn is my favourite time of year.  I have no patience with those who complain of cooler weather, falling leaves, the nip in the air, darker evenings etc.  I love these things and this is England, for heaven’s sake.  Sun-worshippers should live somewhere else. Summer was a bummer.  For many it was a season of … Continue reading Heaven and Hell

My Favourite Zombie

The prospect of a Zombie Apocalypse, which I’m assured is imminent, raises the question “Who would you most like to see returning as one of the undead?” which takes its place alongside other topics for late-night debate such as “Where would you go if you had the free use of a time machine for 24 … Continue reading My Favourite Zombie

Christine

My claims to fame as a publisher are small-to-nonexistent but if I’m known for anything it’s as the one responsible for Christine Keeler’s book Scandal which was made into a very successful movie in 1989.  In the process I got to know Christine pretty well, and even now people sometimes ask me what she was … Continue reading Christine

THOG

‘”Seigneur, I have invented forty new dishes for to-night’s banquet,” François said pathetically, his eyes creeping out until they hung on the rims of their sockets like desperate people wavering on the edges of precipices.’ (George Viereck and Paul Eldridge, Salome The Wandering Jewess, 1930) Connoisseurs of strained similes, mangled metaphors, grisly grammar, excessively purple … Continue reading THOG

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD

My sister Carol, then aged 13, had got a holiday job as a waitress in one of Southport’s big department stores, the sort of place where ladies of a certain age would go for afternoon tea. One particular old biddy was there every afternoon for a toasted teacake and a pot of tea for one … Continue reading NOW IT CAN BE TOLD

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