Next Door

Friends and friends of friends

OMG Paul Brannen MEP

Congratulations to my old friend Paul on becoming Paul Brannen MEP. Odd to think I’ve known him since we were nine. Oh the stories I could tell, but I won’t. He’ll be a brilliant MEP I’m sure. And he believes in…

Six Degrees – Neil and Christine Hamilton, Tomasz Schafernaker, Fiona Fullerton and two Fenellas

Well, it turns out that my friend Franklin was at the same school as cheeky BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker and may have been taught by controversial ex-MP Neil Hamilton. Meanwhile, I once met Christine Hamilton. She revealed that she’d…

Six Degrees – Pope Francis

Someone I know met the pope, in person, a few days ago. That means I’m only two degrees away from the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. And I’m a mere three degrees from God, Jesus, The Holy Sprit, The…

Six Degrees – Margaret Thatcher

My friend H’s mum once had Margaret Thatcher round for tea. But that was a very long time ago before I knew H. Thatcher also visited my college and was allegedly welcomed by a susurration of low-level hissing from undergraduates…

Whitstable

I went on an expedition to the north coast of Kent with Fran and Sarah the other day. We had a fabulous lunch at the Michelin-starred Sportsman in Seasalter (smoked mackerel starter highly recommended) and were impressed by the highly…

Oxford

Eric, Cristian, James and Mila being touristy in front of the Radcliffe Camera