Blog Posts in 2017

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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The Right Thing


The House of Lords is the strangest institution. It really is. If you hadn’t already known that, it was laid bare in the BBC’s fly-on-the-wall documentary which showed a world of archaic custom and privilege. It was jokingly described by one Liberal Democrat peer as “the best day care centre for the elderly in London” and much of the BBC footage seemed to put flesh on the bones of that one-lin…

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