ON FRIDAY night we had the first hard frost of the winter. I thought it would be the end of my geraniums which I have not got in yet, though … Continue readingThe plants with built-in antifreeze
WHEN I started out in national newspapers 45 years ago it was still the custom not to publish on Good Friday. That left Maundy Thursday free for journalists and print … Continue readingA naked woman on my knee
MY husband Alan regularly takes our young labrador Teddy up on the nearby fells and often sees ravens, which I never see at lower levels. The common raven (Corvus corax) is the … Continue readingThe raven, a magnificent flying machine
A FEW years ago during a chat with a film-loving colleague, I asked him to nominate his favourite actor. He came up with Robert Duvall, who won an Oscar for Tender … Continue readingWho’s your least favourite actor?
This week I am handing over the main part of the column to BRIAN MEREDITH for his account of a traditional British pursuit: point-to-point racing. AT MY age it’s not … Continue readingA day at the races
ONE of the most galling incidents in Bertie Wooster’s life is recounted several times in the Wodehouse oeuvre. It happened in the Drones Club, was perpetrated by Hildebrand ‘Tuppy’ Glossop, … Continue readingDastardly deeds at the Drones Club
WE ARE so lucky that where we live in Lancashire is only 20 miles from one of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain. Malham Cove is a curved vertical limestone … Continue readingMagnificent Malham
AMONG my regular weekend destinations as a young Lancastrian was Nelson market. This was in three sections – the Market Hall, an imposing building with two cafes, open from Monday … Continue readingI’ll not charge you five bob, four, not even three . . . ’alf a crown!
This week I am handing over the first item in the column to DEREK REYNOLDS, a regular ‘Wheels of the Week’ contributor, for his account of the restoration and rehoming … Continue readingRebirth of a rusty BSA
THANKS to our wonderful NHS, we are all aware of abbreviations such as DNR, ICU and A&E. But what about the unofficial codes used to delineate those pesky patients? I … Continue readingYGTDA: Your Guide To Doctors’ Abbreviations