Monthly Archives: October 2009

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Peacock

Bolly bit my nose this morning, in a silly random moment when we were play-fighting.
She just saw my nose and bit it. It only took half an hour to stop the bleeding. And the gaping gash went very well with my ghoulish limp.
The limp was caused not by a cat but a horse.
Ding’s the most mild-mannered horse on earth and I was so relaxed I lost my concentration when I was taking him for a walk.
That was the point at which he accidentally stood on my toe. It just lasted half a second, but Ding weighs a ton – literally.
Thankfully, there was a hosepipe nearby, and cold water for ten minutes did help a bit.
As accidents are supposed to happen in threes, I’m planning to avoid all animals today.

Knebworth House

I just spent a fascinating day at Knebworth House, which is just a few miles from Hertford. We were kindly shown around by Lord Henry Lytton Cobbold.
And it was quite an inspiration to record an interview in the study of his great great great grandfather – the novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton. My programme about the wondrous EBL – It was a Dark and Stormy Night – is on BBC Radio 4 at the end of November.

Tom the producer, recording some spooky rooks

the Lytton-Cobbolds

Autumn Antiques

This is Hertford’s best antique shop, Beckwiths. It’s a 15th century verger’s house and it looked very fetching today in the autumn sunlight.

The Damm BBC

I just watched the top of the 10 Oclock News, which had the headline DAMMING REPORT up on the wall behind Sian. I suspect they meant DAMNING, with an ‘n’, and await a DAMMING REPORT on spelling at the BBC.

Pin-Up of the Week

This week’s pin-up is a cute baby koala.

Fat Cat

As you can see, Bolly’s looking much slimmer – just three weeks into her diet.


A huge thank you to Penny at Bluebeancartoons for this brilliant Superhero pic of Boll and me. It’s made my day.
Bluebeancartoons do everything from personalised cartoon portraits to book illustrations, key rings to fridge magnets. They do business cartoons too. Very 21st century.
You’ll be pleased to know there are lots of cats on the site (Tubby Tabby is Boll’s favourite) and dogs too.
They’re all funny and well-observed and I’d highly recommend Bluebean for birthday and Christmas presents.
Thanks again, from Superpeacock and Superboll.