Have you been watching War and Peace on the BBC? I haven’t either but what I’d like to see is Rebellion on RTE (the Republic of Ireland broadcaster). Just to bring you up to speed, 100 years ago, in 1916, when the rest of the world was concentrating on the First World War, Ireland had a rebellion against British rule. Continue reading Rebellion
It can be good advice, in a business context, to “stick to your knitting”. Getting on with the business you know can make sense but it can be commercial suicide. Continue reading Don’t Stick to Your Knitting
My attempts to forecast the price of oil and Shell shares have been spectacularly unsuccessful. In the short term, total washouts, in the longer term maybe they will come right. So I decided not to try your patience any further, until I saw a configuration of stars in the financial firmament that I have not seen since May 1996. Continue reading Yield to Temptation
We like to think of the UK being, if not the cradle of democracy, the mother of parliaments. Looked at objectively, how true is this? Continue reading Number Sixteen
In Marmalade Matters I mentioned Bertie Wooster’s Scripture Knowledge prize, won at his prep. school. Bertie went on to Eton and, while winning no prizes (he surely would have said if he had), did not leave empty-handed. Continue reading Poetry and Politicians, or an Elegy for Ed and Nick.
Man in taxi* was the sobriquet bestowed on an old friend by Wikipedia. He was mentioned because of a curious incident that took place on the evening of 24th March 1974. Continue reading Man in Taxi
You have twenty-two days to submit your entry to the International Marmalade Awards, held annually at Dalemain in Cumbria. Marmalade is submitted from all over the world, so don’t be put off if you don’t live in the UK. Continue reading Marmalade Matters