• You must be serious!

    It will be the same advice once again; the ninth time in less than a fortnight. We are on the runway at Amsterdam airport on the last leg of our journey back from the Galápagos Islands [see The power of observation, Greyhares, 21 July 2016]. The plane waits prior to take off. The screen in front drops...

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  • The power of observation

    The power of observation

    Before setting off for our ‘holiday-of-a-lifetime’ I had my forebodings. However ...

  • Home fears, from abroad

    Home fears, from abroad

    Over the years I have become more and more at home in France. What goes on in England or the ...

  • A case of nostalgia

    A case of nostalgia

    May was a good month for reminiscences and, interestingly, many of my reflections were in ...

  • How six good notes saved WW2

    How six good notes saved WW2

    This story, which spans almost seventy years, starts in the late 1940s when my wife Rohan was ...

  • Pipped at The Post

    Pipped at The Post

    Although it hurts me to say it, after years of believing myself to be quiet and unsociable, I ...

  • Slippery customer

    Slippery customer

    My wife, Rohan, suggested that we eat out at Vince et Versa, a restaurant nearby. I agreed but ...

  • The secret garden

    The secret garden

    There is a garden near our home in France and it is one of my treasured sights. Among other ...

  • The Great Pears Soap Disaster

    The Great Pears Soap Disaster

    It is one of those small comforts the morning bath routine. The merest sniff has the power to ...

  • You must be serious!

    You must be serious!

    It will be the same advice once again; the ninth time in less than a fortnight. We are on the ...

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