Just experienced another brilliant jazz morning at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham. Sunday 5th December 2021. Mike Hatchard’s “Jazz Breakfast”. Top musicians on brilliant form.
I don’t know how widely known it is that some very popular and excellent folk songs were written about The First World War long after
The sculpture by Ian Rank-Broadley is perhaps the best known memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire. It was inspired by the
A care worker in the BBC programme Crisis is not too strong a word to apply to care of the elderly in care homes and
Do the media mislead young about climate change? – My experience of extreme weather Young people who learn about natural disasters from the media may
More about using rubber sheeting instead of roofing felt for covering a shed roof. – See my earlier post? Will it withstand UV light? A friend
Knole is a magnificent former bishop’s palace with its origins dating back 600 years. It became the property of very wealthy, leading aristocrats, the Sackville
French Film, Aurore, I got Life A witty, insightful and entertaining film about Aurore, a 50 year-old woman looking for love and struggling to cope
Colin Powell, Former US Secretary of State, died 18 October 2021, age 84. Giving false evidence to the UN On 5 February 2003 Colin Powell
My shed with its new roof. Next to it is the lean-to wood store with conventional felt covering Leaking felt-covered shed roof My shed roof
Blair and Brown, 5 part BBC2 Documentary started Mon 4 October 2021, 9pm This could be an interesting series about these brilliant and eloquent politicians.
Nuremberg war crimes trials, 1945 – a warning to others “To initiate a war of aggression ….. is the supreme international crime, only different from
Afghanistan, 20-years of disaster created by America and Britain Taking on Afghanistan in 2001 was an unnecessary and calamitous war on one of the poorest,
Philharmonia – psychological thriller on All4, on demand Philharmonia is a French six-part psychological drama. We are watching it on All4 via our phone and
All About Montalbano – the international TV and literary hit Montalbano and The Young Montalbano Montalbano and The Young Montalbano are two crime series set
Where has the money gone? Aid budget cut funds arms spending Cash shortage isn’t just because of covid. – Biggest arms spending budget for 30
Ernest Hemingway – 1899–1961 – Fascinating Documentary on BBC i-player We have just started watching a fascinating BBC iPlayer documentary about the life of Ernest
Barcombe Mills River Ouse Swimming Update, Water Quality Thank you to the many people who “liked” or commented on my post on facebook on walking
Barcombe Mills – Easy Walk, Picnic, Wild Swim, Go Boating – and info on other places to wild swim Walk by the River Ouse near
Last Saturday (5 June 2021) I went to an exhibition of sculpture in stone, ceramics, wood, and metal by my friend, Brighton artist, Alison McGechie.
The line Joe Biden is taking towards Israel shames America Joe Biden repeatedly states that Israel has the right to self defence, a statement which
Save the Children plead on behalf of the children of Gaza and Israel In the last week, at least 58 children in the enclave territory
Worldwide protests against Israeli bombing of Gaza It’s unlikely that UK mainstream media has reported protests from around the world against Israel’s bombing. Picture taken
My MPs unsatisfactory reply about Palestinian/Israeli conflict – my response My email13 MayAndrew Griffith, MP for Arundel and South Downs Dear AndrewI am very disappointed by
12 May 2021 Andrew Griffith MP, Arundel and South Downs Dear Andrew Griffith On Monday night Israel carried out airstrikes that are reported to have killed 24 people including at
Tuesday 11 May 2021 Britain should halt the sale of our British arms to Israel and unequivocally condemn Israeli abuses and provocations. I have written
For and against nuclear weapons – emails, mine and my MP Andrew Griffith MP, writes in favour of nuclear weapons Dear David, Thank you for
Britain’s international reputation – With more nuclear weapons Britain breaks a solemn treaty agreement “Instead of a stockpile of no more than 180 warheads by
Two witty, thoughtful and entertaining films about mature women with problems with romance The films, one English and the other French, are about two mature
A United Kingdom – a moving and important film Romance / drama, 2016, 1-hour 51 minutes Directed by Amma Asante Seretse Khama – David Oyelowo
Walking west along the South Downs Way just above the village of Fulking which is situated down below to the right of the picture and
Are aircraft carriers useful in a war situation? Expert opinion Aircraft carriers of some of the biggest ships ever built and are therefore very impressive,
Bruno Debrandt and Julie Gayet as Florent and Victoire in French drama, “Torn” This 6-part French tv drama has recently arrived on the All4 free
Wildlife endangered by planned nuclear power station, Sizewell C On the Suffolk coast is an exceptional wildlife habitat that is threatened by a planned new
Today (26 February 2021)the Labour party announced support for the Conservative policy of spending billions on nuclear weapons, the Trident nuclear missile. TRIDENT IS A
Sizewell C nuclear power can be stopped There remains a little time to win this important cause. The government will have to overcome challenging obstacles
Dangerous cladding scandal – the government could quickly alleviate the problem The government has available some simple (partial) solutions to the problem of the combustible
The Met Office recorded a low of -23C in Braemar in Scotland over the night of 10-11th February 2021, the coldest February night since 1955.
The Bridge, Saga Noren, and the pornography of violence The Bridge, Swedish/Danish crime series, is addictive (We’ve watched 29 episodes, almost at the end of
Nuclear power is not an answer to climate change Compelling reasons (some given by the government itself) make nuclear power completely unacceptable. CO2 production is
Support British Musicians and the British Music Industry Brexit in practice shows that negotiated arrangements are, in some cases, very unsatisfactory. Something needs to be
How governments hide bad news – and the bad news they want us to overlook Governments very often have to announce bad news or controversial
The Announcer – great little drama on All4 We really enjoyed and would strongly recommend this powerful story. Described as a period drama The Announcer
Spotify dominates the music industry of the world with its music streaming service. In December 2020 it is a company valued at 60 billion dollars.
Anyone who meets me would probably think that I am a very healthy individual. I have felt very well this year and have been very
Born in 1942, I now have time to enjoy life more widely and reflect on my experience, interests, and contemporary events.