We are about to enter the summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it’s the only type of cooking a ‘real’ man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved. When a man volunteers to do the […]
The Secret behind the number 11
Well this is one of those Internet Theories which is partially but not wholly true – for instance there was no Flight: Q33 NY. So interesting but don’t take it too seriously. “Pretty Chilling – read to the bottom. Try it out. If you are a sceptical person – still read on as it’s actually […]
A Day in Oxford.
Radcliffe Camera Christchurch Dining Hall 18 Miles from Castle Caldwell lays the city of the “Dreaming Spires”, the historic University City of Oxford. For all its attractions it can be a difficult city for the first time visitor to find their way around and see the parts which capture the athmosphere and sense of purpose […]
Speedy Anwar Motoring offences and the accompanying ingenious excuses provide good press fodder and a thriving industry for lawyers none more so than Nick Freeman, dubbed “Mr. Loophole” in the British Press who has built up an impressive Casebook of celebrities over the years and indeed extended case law by providing a number of novel […]
Britain in Iraq.
It is now generally accepted, even amongst die hard “Neo – Cons”, that when America and Britain invaded Iraq in March 2003 they did so based on a false prospectus using doubtful intelligence which had been hyped and spun. None of the substantive allegations made in the now infamous “Dodgy Dossier” have since proved […]
The Fall of Byzantium.
St. John’s, Overthecliff, Barbados The restored gravestone of Ferdinando Paleologus My own personal journey to Byzantium began in the most unlikely of settings. On the spectacular Atlantic east coast of Barbados, just inland from the ocean, there rises a thousand foot high cliff. There in the well named district of “Overthecliff”, in the parish of […]
The Knights of Malta.
When I was in Malta on the 7th February 2008 I noticed flags were flown at half mast including many flags displaying the Maltese Cross, the eight pointed flag of the Order of the Knights of Malta. I later found out that the flags were lowered in honour of Fra’ Andrew Bertie, a descendant of […]
NUTS to You!
Over the Easter Holiday in the U.K. we have been unfortunate to once again witness the annual Whinge Fests known as the teachers’ conferences. Each year at this time the impressionable young people of Britain are exposed to an appalling display of exhibitionistic juvenilia at the conferences of the teaching unions who cannot agree on […]
Joseph Beuys and me.
The German artist Joseph Beuys who has been variously described as a sculptor, draughtsman, creator of action-performances, political leader and teacher has been in the news of late. The art collector and dealer Anthony d’Offay has recently donated his impressive collection, valued at £125 m, of work by modern artists to the Tate Modern and […]
The Harbour front at Pothia, Kalymnos.
Arriving in Kalymnos The Greek island of Kalymnos is situated between Kos and Leros and is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese, the chain which largely clings to the Turkish coast from Rhodes in the south to Samos in the north; there are a number of other smaller islands around Kalymnos however, only Pserimos […]