Monthly Archives: January 2006

Proustian Hertford Moment

The air smells of hops today. I’ll always associate Hertford with the smell of hops and the sound of geese and swifts flying overhead.

Camilla Rabbit Killer

The Duchess of Cornwall The so-called Duchess of Cornwall turned up at a school yesterday with a hideous dangling thing (no not Prince Charles). The dangling thing in question was a cape made out of rabbit furs. I feel sorry…


Someone told me I looked like a vegetarian today. I have no problem with vegetarians. Several of my best friends are of that bent. But I must admit I felt deeply shocked and mildly offended.

D Ol’ Bil

If you think the BBC’s dumbing down, go to Avon and Somerset, where the police have put up textspeak placards in areas frequented by teenagers. Here’s one of their messages: d bil cum arnd hre n wl vzit ur olds…

Inspirational Quotation

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office. David Frost

Beswick Berserk

I’m a big fan of BBC London travel person Nicola Beswick, who always brings an elf-like quality to phrases such as “severe congestion on the Hangar Lane gyratory system.” But what on earth was she wearing yesterday morning? Had she…

Mozart’s Starling

On Mozart’s 250th birthday, I feel that it’s important to remember his best friend and cherished companion from 1784 to 1787 – a pet starling. He loved his starling and even transcribed its song, adding “that was lovely”. His compositions…

Bollinger’s Tent

Boll wishes to thank Viv, Danny and Tigger for her tent. By the way, you can click on this pic to enlarge it. This wondrous facility has returned after a short break.

Peacockshock Has Landed

Apologies for a slight ruffling of Peacockshock’s plumage which you may have experienced over the last few days. This was due to a turbulent site migration, during which Peacockshock tried to fly in two directions at once, like an ornithological…