Siberia, common sense and an apology


Every time we have snow, you can predict without fail that there will be a chorus of people saying, “I don’t know why this catches us out; we’re never prepared for this! Three snowflakes and London grinds to a halt….” And those people have a point. It does seem to take surprisingly little snow to affect us quite badly. We are, of course, experiencing “the Beast from the East” in which a mass o…

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The £20 bet


It’s a few days before Christmas. I am sitting at Paddington station with 40 minutes to wait for my train. I’m parked in the functional metal seats with a good view of the departures’ board. The e-mail is up to date so I get out my ipad and I’m reading the Times. Somewhere in my peripheral vision I see a chap hovering nearby. He has a look as if he’d like to speak to me, but doesn’t know wheth…

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Austen Maestro


I refer not to the rather poorly designed and ill-fated hatchback that appeared on our streets in the 1980’s (my, how cars have come on!) but the literary heroine so closely associated with the fair city of Bath. Jane Austen is on everybody’s lips right now as she is on the new £10 banknote that appears in September 2017 replacing Charles Darwin, whose be-whiskered portrait is being retired af…

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Love and Business


There is happy news in the Jenkins household, in that my son is to be married in the spring of 2018. We thoroughly approve of his bride-to-be (not, frankly, that my approval has been sought or required) and both the present Mrs Jenkins and I wish them the happiness in marriage that we have enjoyed for some 30-odd years. I am particularly chuffed to have been asked to be Best Man at the wedding, n…

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Your chance to do something Arsenal can’t!


We are in that period where politicians are once again promising the earth and we are faced with choices again. It’s absolutely not my job to tell anybody how to vote (although I’m always happy to dispense advice on that matter!) but I would urge everybody who has the right to vote to do so. Churchill once famously said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others!” An…

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