Category Archives: parties

‘Tis the season to be awkward

There are sociable and unsociable streaks running through my personality like veins through marble. On one level, though, I appreciate the necessity of socializing that comes with the festive period. I’ve lost track of too many friends in my life … Continue reading

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After a troublesome youth the gout will hold us

Last weekend I went to a college-organized reunion. I hesitate to use the decidedly Wodehousian name of “gaudy”, although that is indeed what the college called it. Call it. Suitably, it involved many of the trappings of Oxbridge life that … Continue reading

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Nowt so queer as kith

The weekend just gone was spent at an 80th birthday party in the north-west of England, with elderly relatives and (or maybe including, these days) my parents. It was enjoyable enough, although our presence as technically only friends of the … Continue reading

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Hrududidn’t

Our car Hrududu failed to start again this morning, as the battery had drained itself of charge and its connections, held on by jubilee clips for years, have started to come loose again, apparently owing to differential shrinkage of metals … Continue reading

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Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be… John Cooper Clarke

I went to a fancy-dress do for new year’s eve. The theme was “80s rock”, which made me wonder if I could get away with punk rock. In fact, I wondered if I could get away with being punk rock … Continue reading

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Richard Paterson’s intentional flamboyance is irresistible

I’m planning a whisky tasting evening at home this weekend, and I stumbled across a video of Richard Paterson, White & Mackay bigwig and whisky opinion-former. Look at him: look at his tie; look at his matching kerchief. Look at … Continue reading

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Fitting in

This Saturday was K’s birthday, and we celebrated it with a barbecue in what turned out to be intermittently pouring rain. It’s a cliché to say “it didn’t dampen our spirits”, but it really didn’t. A lid on the barbecue … Continue reading

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Off: the Register

I used to love The Register. It stood up for digital rights, stuck the knife into governmental IT projects, shone the light on ID cards and gave due attention to the largely pointless and wasteful intrusions of technology in the … Continue reading

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The marriage of J and O

It was a beautifully seasonal day, crisp, with an all-day frost giving way to snow later on. The bride looked radiant and arresting; the groom charming and debonair. The ceremony was full of emotion and the venue warmed by the … Continue reading

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Weak from weekending

This weekend K. and I went to London, celebrating both our first wedding anniversary and a friend’s birthday. I hesitate to mention the particular dreaded decade involved, as he himself has described it as a celebration of the end of … Continue reading

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