Category Archives: cultural

I squeeze on my brakes to get out of her clutches

I recently had a brief but pleasant break in Amsterdam: mostly work, unfortunately; but with people I respect and admire. This, I kept reminding myself, was why I went freelance. That and the evening’s entertainment of boat-trip pub crawls, snacking … Continue reading

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I was young once, but the youth are young forever

This weekend we went to see friends in Sheffield. For a change, the (outrageously expensive) train journeys changing at Birmingham were almost entirely faultless: certainly nothing we could complain about. That is, only if you consider what the train companies … Continue reading

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I must create an object or be entranced by another man’s

My face is burning as it might do after a summer’s day. Not that it was particularly hot out today, but the persistent sun has combined with the equally persistent biting wind to strip the moisture as surely as if … Continue reading

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Veni, Vidi, Ici

After I’d spontaneously forgotten my credit-card PIN, I decided take a couple of hours out to recharge my batteries and replace all those blown fuses. I’ve got a soft spot for the recently rebuilt Ashmolean – although there are very … 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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What would Morrissey say?

Spain, I love you. But when it comes to any kind of vegetarian food, you drive me crazy. Even my one-time Spanish housemate – a vegetarian herself – declared that if she hadn’t been brought up in the heart of … Continue reading

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The Magical Whisky Tour

We’ve just been on a week’s holiday to the Kintyre peninsula, Islay and Jura; me, K, my parents and her parents. The weather was in turns awful and glorious: awful as we relaxed in our private sitting room in the … Continue reading

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