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My digital half-life

Computers and I go back a long way. When I came to London as a research student in 1967 the whole of London University was serviced by a single huge computer. It was called Atlas and it occupied a whole building in a street alongside Euston Station. It looked like something from a science fiction … Continue reading My digital half-life

Blessed are the Woke

Am I woke?  If I am woke is that a good thing or a bad thing?  If I’m not woke should I be?  What is woke anyway? From Wikepedia: Woke is a political term that originated in the United States, and it refers to a perceived awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial … Continue reading Blessed are the Woke

My Musical Career

I recently posted some photos of myself on my Facebook page and was surprised at the number of Likes they got. The pictures showed me playing my saxophone — or pretending to play it — in 1963 shortly after I’d acquired the thing from a family friend. I’m somewhat diffident about posting pictures of myself, … Continue reading My Musical Career

The Jab

I had my first one yesterday.  The summons came out of the blue by phone on Monday evening, and the appointment was for Tuesday afternoon.  I’d hoped that these Covid-19 innoculations would take place at my GP’s surgery which is easy for me to reach, but no: I had to go up to Tottenham and … Continue reading The Jab

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

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