Escape to New York

Bereft is a lovely word. In a whisper it embodies “being without” or “taken away.” Me and the kids are “bereft” this weekend because Mum has taken herself off to New York, but she’s earned it, as have Hil and Paul. (This is a works outing on a grand scale.) Personally, I quite liked the old York!

Word of the Week

I don’t have a big problem with jargon. I have a simple enough mind not to be embarrassed by saying “‘eh, what?” I can live with most of the gobbledegook. It’s easy shorthand for what are often complex concepts. But every now and then…

So I thought I’d highlight a few. This week “disintermediatisation.” What sort of word is that? Do you know what it means? Do you suspect that it its completely made up?’ Read more ›››

A Foray into Foreign Parts

How true is it that we expend lots of our time, energy and money to find secret foreign places, while ignoring gems on our doorstep?

Take York for instance. Okay, so it’s in Yorkshire and being a Lancastrian, I have a blind spot where the White Rose County is concerned. Actually, if you go back far enough, my Rhodes family came from Yorkshire, but then they came to Lancashire to get civilised! Read more ›››

To be Frank

This is the third in my occasional Great Mancunians following the death of Frank “Foo Foo” Lamarr from cancer last Friday. Now Frank would not exactly be called great in the obvious sense, but he was a great institution in the city. Drag artist, nightclub owner and tireless raiser of money for good causes, Frank’s Foo Foo’s Palace Club is just

Drag artist, nightclub owner and tireless raiser of money for good causes, Frank’s Foo Foo’s Palace Club is just round the corner from where I work and his Rolls Royce with the number plate Foo 1 was regularly seen in the area. Read more ›››

I Be Back!

Well, it’s been some time, but I’m back. I had a couple of weeks holiday followed by a busy week back at work, a weak excuse, but the best I can come up with at short notice. We managed a couple of days away in York in that time, but more of that later.

Guy Fawkes Night happened this week. It’s a time of the year I’ve always enjoyed. I suppose boys never grow out of playing with fireworks. We had out bonfire party last night and what a great time that was. Lots of alcohol, friends, neighbours, tatter ‘ash and plenty fireworks. Read more ›››

Tunnel of Shove

It seems that FIFA can’t leave well enough alone. Despite Pierluigi Collina having dealt sensibly and effectively with the trouble at half-time in the England v. Turkey game, they still want to study the film of the incident. Read more ›››

Time Commanders

Best news of the week (and it’s only Monday) is that after six episodes, Time Commanders continues this Thursday, Essential viewing for me and son Max. In a nutshell, ancient battles re-fought, but with the contestants in a modern, battle command centre.

The teams have mostly made a pig’s ear of things because they have not played to their strengths which was absolutely key to ancient warfare. That and use of ground. Read more ›››

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