Category Archives: miscellaneous

Richard Allinson

Whilst Chris Evans was away on Monday and Tuesday, Richard Allinson was presenting the Radio 2 Breakfast Show instead. Richard Allinson is the smoothest man on radio. By quite a large margin. I first heard him on the radio way back in the mists of time when I was at college and he was broadcasting […]

New Bins

From the The Cassell Dictionary of Slang by Jonathon Green: bins/binns n.1 [1930s+] 1 glasses, spectacles. 2 binoculars. 3 the eyes. [abbr. SE binoculars] I’m pleased to report that I’m the proud owner of a new pair of spectacles. I booked an appointment at the shiny new Harefield Opticians. This is a business run by […]

Mr Robert Newman’s Promenade Concerts

I’m very pleased to say that the Proms season is nearly upon us. The First Night of the Proms is on Friday July 13th, the Last Night is on September 8th. There are 72 Proms in total – as it says on the BBC website, “The world’s greatest classical music festival”. You can sign up […]

How Many? There are: 3 people with my name in the U.S.A. How many have your name?


The Wikipedia has just passed the 1,000,000 english articles milestone. Hurrah! I’m pleased to say that I started and contributed to the Uxbridge Tube Station article, amongst others It strikes me that contributing to the Wikipedia is like doing charity work or working for a ‘good cause’. I’m certainly pleased to be able to make […]


I did cooking last night! I put two toad-in-the-hole trays from Tesco in the oven for 35 minutes, washed new potatoes and boiled them for 15 minutes in slightly salty water and then right at the last I nuked some artichoke hearts with some leaf spinach, both from cans. The result was excellent I’m still […]

Jesus Christ Superstar

I’ve seen Jesus Christ Superstar (the musical) twice this week at the New Victoria theatre in Woking, Surrey, UK. The first time was on Saturday, with my parents and Ruth. Herod was played by an understudy whose name escapes me (sorry!). We were seated near the front of the Royal Circle. The second time was […]