The Office

Rail fares are going to be shaken up to try and clamp down on train operators selling  expensive tickets when cheaper tickets are available. The practice in question is referred to a split ticketing. There’s even a little...

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Bridge of Sighs

You don’t have to be University Challenge calibre, but the better educated amongst you will be able to place this piece of architecture in a flash. You won’t need to be a great oarsmen either, as this crosses no...

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The Brexican

What does one call a Mexican British combo? Britican? Mexglish? I think a more fitting title, given recent political developments, would be a Brexican. The combo I’m referring to is Mrs P, my Mexican bride who now, finally...

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Day of Shame

Today a conman takes over the presidency of the USA. A probable rapist, a sexual offender, a corrupt businessman. A man with contempt for everyone, yet with skin so thin, flaying would not be much of a punishment for his...

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Piper NV Smart Alarm

Last September we had an uninvited visitor to our home. He won’t be back for at least two years. Possibly four if he doesn’t behave himself. But regardless, one has decided to upgrade the security arrangements at...

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Best Photos of 2016

I must confess, I was not been terribly productive in 2016. The twelve shots below (and above) represent the better photos I managed to churn out. But five of them came from just one trip to the Scottish Highlands. The selection...

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Happy New Year

The last twelve months have been rather unkind to the celebrities of the world. Or so the narrative goes. I’ve read a few statistical reports which do seem to suggest a slight uptick in tickers downing tools. Was 2016 a...

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2016

What can one say about 2016? It’s a year that we would do better to rewind, or erase completely, than review. A dark hole, has 2016 been. Brexit – six months old today – remains a nonsense, and it’s...

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Highclere Castle

Mrs P and I have for several years trawled the south of England for stately homes, castles, palaces, mansions, abbeys and other historic houses. But there was one address that had escaped us, till now. Something of a holy grail...

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