Two holders of the Victoria Cross are buried in Margravine Cemetery, see Local Hero and Another Local Hero. There are other war memorials including a column for staff at J Lyons killed in The Great War and a curved wall naming those those killed on the Home Front in WW II. The Lyons memorial was moved here in 2002 when the Lyons building in Greenford was pulled down.
Two-party politics? Dead or alive? Labour – banana split, Republicans – cookies, Democrats – another helping of banana split. Conservatives managed to avoid an Eton Mess. Continue reading Democratic Deficit
I heard the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play at a classical music festival in Dorset quite a few years ago. The setting was spectacular looking down to Studland Bay and a group of us camped. The whole thing was made even more enjoyable because very few people turned up – only about 800 the night we were there. Continue reading Water Music
The UK stock market has been doing much better than I expected in the aftermath of Brexit. However, it is early days in an economic narrative that will unfold over many years. Here is an update on something which is playing out more rapidly. Continue reading What’s Cooking?
Does the title indicate that on the Internet a bit of soft porn always goes down well? A not-so-subtle shift to find a new readership? It most certainly does not and you won’t have been fooled as you recognise SweetCaress as the title of William Boyd’s latest novel. Continue reading Sweet Caress
It’s not a very clear picture because of Getty Images wanting to establish their ownership. Here is a better one taken of the same person in the same place as a grown-up: so grown-up that he is Prime Minister.
Politicians try to endear themselves to the electorate, in a democracy, by promising to crack-down on something that they think will please voters. Theresa May is no exception. She opened the batting with a call for workers to be represented in the boardroom and for curbs on directors’ pay. Admirable sentiments that remind me of David Cameron a decade ago hugging huskies; the dogs in the Arctic Circle not the quilted coats in Cirencester. Continue reading Unpaid Workers
In a recent post, On Appro, I referred to my grandmother’s brother, Tommy Jameson. My Bellew grandfather was listed in The Field magazine among the best 150 shots in an article celebrating 150 years of that magazine’s publication. He represented both England and Ireland shooting clay pigeons and was a fine sporting shot. However, his brother-in-law was a greater sportsman as his obituary in Wisden in 1965 shows. Continue reading Tommy Jameson