The Almond Tree

Our brief sojourn in Paxos may be over, but it certainly illustrates that it can sometimes be well worth your while to open those unsolicited emails that land in you inbox, rather than hitting delete.

It came about when Mrs P did just on a quiet Friday morning when Thomson Holidays successfully enticed us to take advantage of one of their late offers. Read more ›››

O is for Boris Onishchenko

Much has been made of the athletes who cheat by using drugs to enhance their performance, but there are all sorts of cheat and one such is the Olympian Boris Onishchenko.

Onishchenko was a modern pentathlete who had already won medals at the Mexico and Munich Olympic Games before the events that brought about his disgrace took place at the 1976 games in Montreal. Read more ›››

Away for a while

The cover is being put over the parrot’s cage for a little while as we take a short break on the Greek island of Paxos, the smallest of the Ionian islands and with no prospect of internet access as far as I can tell.

It would be nice to think that I can take a few photos as good as the one on the left, although we are warned that the skies might not be quite so blue at this time of year. Read more ›››

Mad, Impossible Hypocrites

I bet you didn’t know that the English are mad, hypocritical, impossible, ridiculous, cunning, simple and many other terms that, taken together, cancel each other out.

We also won’t talk to strangers, are only serious about cricket and stamp collecting, and can generally be relied upon to fall asleep after Sunday lunch. Read more ›››

N is for the Nearne Sisters

Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne in later life

Two for the price of one in this week’s ABC Wednesday post in two remarkably brave and modest sisters – Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne.

They were born to an English father and Spanish mother, Jacqueline in Brighton in 1916 and Eileen in London in 1921 in London, but the family moved to France in 1923 and both became fluent French speakers. Read more ›››

A Tale of Two Planets

Flicking through the films available for my watching pleasure on my Amazon Firestick gizmo, I ended up watching Pandorum, a 2009 production I hadn’t come across before.

There was an awful lot of whispered dialogue and I only caught every other word, so I had to resort to the Wikipedia summary to fill in the parts of the plot that simply passed me by. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

PC crossings: The traditional green man lights on pedestrian crossings around Trafalgar Square have been temporarily changed ahead of the London’s Pride Festival to show same-sex couples holding hands to form a heart shape and other LGBT symbols.

Whether that means that only gay or lesbian couples are allowed to cross at each isn’t clear. Read more ›››