• (0) Am I bothered?

    Does everyone else of my age repeatedly get quizzed on how it feels to grow old? That’s my experience, unless I’m imagining things. “Grandpa, what’s it like to be eighty-seven?” Some things the little darlings can perfectly well see for themselves; they know that I tend to wobble just a trifle as I walk; they...


  • All around the Wrekin

    All around the Wrekin

    They used to say – and perhaps they still do – that when you tackle something in a ... (2)

  • Renaissance man

    Renaissance man

        The Tankerton bus drew up. The passenger door opened and the bus ... (3)

  • Of words and their worth

    Of words and their worth

    At least seventy years have gone by since I first discovered the delight of playing ... (1)

  • Don’t ask

    Don’t ask

      I walk the streets most days. It’s not because I’m currently homeless (that ... (1)

  • The Man From the Ministry

    The Man From the Ministry

    Graham Dukes falls back on a long-dead poet to get him out of a tight spot… Let ... (2)

  • The Eureka trail

    The Eureka trail

      Eureka? Wasn’t that Archimedes’ cry of triumph, two-and-a-half millennia ago, ... (3)

  • Daydreaming


    Do you daydream? I suspect you do, just now and again. Many of the people whom I know ... (3)

  • The Great Pears Soap Disaster

    The Great Pears Soap Disaster

    It is one of those small comforts of the morning bath routine. The merest sniff has ... (329)