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It’s inevitable that some things are passed on by our parents, whether deliberately or by accident. Ideas, views, attitudes and behaviours… And amongst the things which are inflicted or imposed upon us are aesthetics and taste. Or, at least, theirs influence ours in some way. For a while, that is. As a constantly developing young […]


In previous posts I have sometimes referred to iconic people or historical events or cultural things which have been especially important to me or which have loomed large in some way. An actor, a musician, a place, an object, a sportsman, a song or whatever. But there are several I’ve not yet mentioned, and recently […]


One of several enormously quotable lines of dialogue from the 1987 British tragi-comedy Withnail And I (about failing actors who go to the countryside for a rest from resting, and which stars Paul McGann and Richard E Grant) is: “We’ve gone on holiday by mistake”. During the last couple of weeks it was sometimes like […]

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