Tuesday morning was deliciously quiet. Why, as I get deafer, should I notice and bask in quietness? Perhaps I should move to the country? Continue reading News from Home & Abroad
There are twenty-nine non royal extant dukedoms in the Peerages of England, Scotland, Great Britain, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Duke of Norfolk, 1483, is the oldest and The Duke of Fife, 1900, the newest creation. Continue reading Dukes & Dogs
If you drive into London from the west it is hard to miss the Hogarth roundabout with its distinctive narrow, one-way flyover. It gets its name from painter and engraver William Hogarth whose house is hard by. It tends to get overlooked because of the proximity of the more spectacular Chiswick House. Continue reading Two Bronzes
An unusual convention in Bridge is the Lightner double, described by Susanna Gross in The Spectator as “a bolt out of the blue which strikes fear into your heart. There you are, having bid confidently to slam, when suddenly one of your opponents pulls out the red card. Eek! It’s a Lightner double, which means they want their partner to make an unusual lead.” Continue reading What’s Up?
This group portrait by Rembrandt hangs in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It has a connection with the Savile Club. Continue reading Club Pictures
On Tuesday morning I was reading James Lees-Milne’s diaries. I have got as far as 1979 and he has formed an intense friendship with Michael Bloch. Later I went to lunch at the Savile and was delighted to meet him there. Continue reading Writers Bloch
On Monday I walked across London for lunch at the City of London club in Old Broad Street. On the way home I snapped this bronze at the back of the Royal Exchange. In thirty-nine years working in the City I saw it countless times without having the curiosity to learn more. Continue reading George Peabody
On Sundays Robert plays tennis in Chiswick and last weekend he suggested that I walked there to meet him for lunch. The transition from the, frankly, run-down purlieus of Hammersmith to chi-chi Chiswick is remarkable. Continue reading Secondhand in Chiswick