Monthly Archives: January 2014

ELMORE, HIS MUSIC, HIS SON, HIS RULES AND HIS IMITATORS

2013 was the year Elmore Leonard died and I collected some notes which I want to file away for future use.  I have in mind that there is a job to be done on Music In Elmore Leonard, so I … Continue reading

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H FOR HANKYMOUSE

In 2005, Telegraph education writer John Clare reported on reaction to a reader’s appeal for the trick of making a hanky mouse.  He reported: “As a number of readers noted, the mouse does not, of course, run up the arm … Continue reading

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W FOR WRENS

Just rediscovered a nice piece by Adam Nicolson in Telegraph 4.12.04, and have helped myself to a generous extract, under the banner of fair review, with apologies and thanks to the man who wrote it. Do please look up the … Continue reading

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SELF SUFFICIENCY

In 2005, Neil and Veronica Aldridge, stars of The Real Good Life, an ITV reality series based on their year-long effort to feed themselves, said afterwards that the best things they grew were pigs and lettuces, because they got surpluses … Continue reading

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PARTY ANIMALS, PEANUTS AND THE POGUES

  Somewhere on this site are some notes on how to identify political party supporters by their shirts and ties, etcetera.  Picked up the quotes below thinking they might give me, or you, a new angle on the same idea. … Continue reading

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ZAZOU AND THE ORIGINS OF DJS AND DISCO

            This cartoon illustration of the Zazou look is borrowed, with apologies and thanks to its original creator, from a blogsite at   http://grandmalin.wordpress.com/2012/02/   which includes a bit more on Les Zazous …   … Continue reading

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CALCULATE YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT

 from the vaults … Nobody will be able to resist trying the formula below, I think – from a Times Magazine article on the diet theories of Jean-Michel Cohen … How to calculate your ideal weight: the Dr Cohen formula: … Continue reading

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GOVERNMENTS & IT

 Barack Obama’s administration messed up his big idea by making a balls of the website, healthcare.gov,  which was supposed to persuade voters they wanted the Affordable Care Act.  Like so many of our own government IT projects, it was a … Continue reading

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SYRIA AND THE GREAT MUDDLE

To  be filed .….. Martin Chulov was  once again convincing and depressing, reporting from Syria in the Guardian on the first day of 2014. Chulov has been pointing out for a while that the collapse of Assad’s authority is in … Continue reading

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HOOTENANNY – THE REVIEW

  For some time now, I have been happy to see in the New Year with the Jools Holland Hootenanny. Its entertainment value is patchy, but more reliable than the pub, once you are through regarding the pub as a … Continue reading

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