In which I show off about showing off

Last Saturday night, I took part in a talent competition (I didn’t win.  Congratulations to two lovely dance troupes, and an excellent saxophonist, who did.)  It was very well-organised, the proceeds went to charity, and a good time was had by all.  There was cake. Usually...

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Short and not sweet

Sorry, everyone.  I don't feel like posting a jolly "Hey!  Listen to what I think!" post today.  Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. God bless Belgium. God commands us to love our enemies.  How do we begin to love IS? Love from the PPI Blogger   PS My friend...

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Reasons for spring (or other) cleaning

Did anyone make a New Year’s Resolution this year to keep their house, office or computer files cleaner or tidier?  I don’t want to discourage you if you have. As everyone who visits my house probably guesses, I have been conducting a scientific experiment for some...

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California

Greetings once again. Being a very privileged person, I have just returned from 10 days in California (husband at scientific convention in San Diego; wife along for the ride).  I do not intend to describe the trip here – the place for that is Facebook, face-to-face,...

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On art, history and the story, by Ian S

The second guest on the blog is Ian Storer.  All the pictures on the site that are not maps or photographs are his work (see the World, Books and SWM sections).  A visit to his website (scipio6.wix.com/scipio-designs) displays more of his artwork in drawing and...

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What we don’t get a referendum on

Like most people, I wear many hats (metaphorically).  Readers of this blog will have become familiar with the woolly bobble-hat of my Christian/churchwarden mode, and also with the frilly bonnet of my writer-and-reader/book-lover persona.  But there are others, and today I’m wearing the flat cap...

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Jeremy Corbyn – a literary comparison

Before I begin on that, here is a PS to a previous post. On 8th Jan, I mentioned Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire series, and one of his most famous characters, Mrs Proudie.  Some of my readers may be old enough to recall the 1982 BBC TV series,...

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Christmas TV

Hugh Bonneville (National Treasure) is one of my Discoveries.  I have quite a good future-star-spotting technique that works in reverse. Like this: I watch a TV episode or a film; I notice a particularly hapless, camp or unappealing character, and I think, “Poor guy (the actor). ...

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Post-Christmas gratitude

Festive greetings to all. (Warning: high saccharine content) A few days ago, I let rip on the subject of the excessive pressure on people, spiritual and otherwise, of the Christmas season.  Although the season is not over (12 days!) it has peaked, and I am now in...

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