Death is much like the 14 and 21 buses in Edinburgh. You wait ages for either and then both arrive simultaneously. Dom Mintoff the former PM of Malta and Phyllis Diller the “cookie” American comedienne have been on my death list for years and suddenly “bang” they both pop off on the same day.
My holiday is rapidly approaching and excitement is rising.
As is traditional, I’m heading off to the far north, “A” marks the spot.
There should be plenty of fun with the DarkStars, much fishing, rowing, drinking, eating and making chilli and of course bird spotting. Gadget charging and packing has already commenced, I’ll worry [...]
In what has been a good summer of death, I’m still saddened to see that Sir Bernard Lovell has died at the grand age of 98. Hopefully he will have seen the excellent news of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars before he went.
Before his death, Sir Bernard, physically very frail, lived in quiet [...]
Edinburgh is enjoying its third mildly warm day in a row (summer) so the olfactory joys of public transport are ripening. The man on the bus in front of me was wearing a cap on the back of which was written, “Enter the lion’s den.” Given how he smelled, it was past time he left [...]
This morning in the street, I passed a husband being publicly, loudly and embarrassingly screeched at by his wife in front of their two young children. She was accusing him in no uncertain terms of shirking his responsibilities and gross selfishness. I could have sympathised but I didn’t as the “pussy whipped freak of nature*” [...]
The man with a great name and a great task, to be that contradictory term, an American intellectual.