11:58am Wednesday 19th April 2017
THE cricket season has kicked off. The football allusion is appropriate because cricket’s hierarchy is determined to run this best and loveliest of games primarily as a short, sharp football-style contest of high-octane non-stop competition.
5:14pm Wednesday 5th April 2017
A CONSEQUENCE of a tragedy like the one that has overwhelmed my family – the death my son Stephen – is that it brings news values into sharp focus.
10:38am Wednesday 25th January 2017
‘What’s he doing at Davos?” A question from my wife – the first of two (questions from wife that is) with which I hope to detain you here.
2:58pm Wednesday 18th January 2017
DRINK and sex – yes, a perilous combination. Especially if the drink, particularly by a woman, gets out of hand.
10:18am Wednesday 11th January 2017
IT led the national BBC news. It prompted press articles and discussions on numerous radio and TV programmes. At its centre was a woman whose courage and fortitude had earned her universal respect and admiration.
5:05pm Tuesday 3rd January 2017
FROM whence, and by whom, came the drone? It emerged, of course, as a military weapon in the Middle East and Afghanistan. But who invented it?
9:11am Wednesday 21st December 2016
THROUGHOUT perhaps the first 25 years or so of the 52 that my wife and I have lived in our present house in North Yorkshire the power supply was extremely unreliable. Scarcely any winter passed without a power failure, sometimes several.
9:47am Tuesday 13th December 2016
IN the fall out from Brexit, arguably the worst spectacle is political leaders using people as pawns. Sadly Theresa May is a culprit. So too – the prime culprits you might say – are German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council.
8:02am Wednesday 7th December 2016
THE poet Philip Larkin (1922-1985) has made it into Poets’ Corner. A memorial slab in his honour has just joined others in the space in Westminster Abbey devoted to Britain’s acknowledged literary greats.
10:57am Wednesday 30th November 2016
AMONG the lesser known details of the life of Capt Cook is that he was possibly the first person to record the phenomenon of ‘stuff’.
3:36pm Wednesday 23rd November 2016
ATTENTION Remainers! Attention! I trust you observed, and are tearing your hair out at, the spectacular own goal by the EU. No? You missed it? How could you, for it was scored by the EU’s top striker, Angela Merkel.
3:52pm Wednesday 16th November 2016
REMEMBRANCE Sunday – a Country File Special. Helen Skelton accompanied a large group of cyclists on a pilgrimage to pay tribute to members of cycling clubs who died on the Somme.
2:28pm Wednesday 9th November 2016
WHAT strange contradictions Brexit has led us into. Here’s one band of people, who have been content for decades to witness powers being transferred from the British Parliament to Europe, now rushing to proclaim the “sovereignty” of our Parliament, which it argues must have the last word on triggering Brexit.
11:56am Wednesday 2nd November 2016
"WE’RE the insurgents now. We have to build the capability to mobilise and to organise. We have to prise apart the alliance that gave us Brexit."
10:34am Wednesday 26th October 2016
AMONG my favourite song lyrics is this: “Dear, I thought I’d drop a line, the weather’s cool, the folks are fine; I’m in bed each night by nine: PS I love you.”
10:59am Wednesday 19th October 2016
LET this be clear at the start. I bear no ill will towards the Scots. Crofters in Orkney, fishermen in Peterhead, whisky distillers anywhere, even players of the bagpipes, the only instrument designed, so it seems, to be defiantly discordant – I wish them well in all their endeavours.
10:20am Wednesday 5th October 2016
LAST winter the Freeview channel Yesterday broadcast a large selection of the All Creatures Great and Small TV series. Curtains drawn, the fire often on, my wife and I watched most of them.
3:55pm Wednesday 28th September 2016
‘DRIVE Slowly – Squirrels” urge road signs in several parts of the Lake District. But a fortnight’s walking in Britain’s premier national park yielded not a single sighting of one.
2:30pm Wednesday 7th September 2016
LET me confess an addiction – to ‘slow television’. I’ve watched all three BBC4 programmes in this novel format – journeys filmed in real time, with no commentary, no music, just the natural sounds. Wonderful, true balm for the spirit, a perfect antidote to modern-day stress.
3:34pm Wednesday 31st August 2016
SHORT of her proving conclusively that “Brexit means Brexit”, Theresa May’s premiership seems unlikely to deliver a bigger surprise than this: next to her much-favoured kitten heels, her footwear of choice might well be – walking boots.