13 September 2018 Chartwell An inspiring visit. By Lynda Goetz We had intended to go to Sissinghurst, but as we drove from Surrey into Kent the rain got steadily worse. After a wonderful but very dry summer, the English gardeners amongst us were in many ways delighted, but the New Zealanders were a little disappointed
30 August 2018 Sex, Gender and Freedom Freedom, the main issue. By Lynda Goetz A friend of mine needs a knee replacement. He is in his 50s and has now been waiting for two and a half years. Unfortunately, as we all know, this is one of the operations restricted by an NHS in financial
23 August 2018 Les continentals expulsées A mercy errand. By Nihc, Nihc Shh, c’est moi. Et pourquoi est-ce que j’écrise en Français? Aha, je suis déguisé. Sorry about that, but I had to fool the moronic editors of the Shaw Sheet (who said that they would never again publish anything I had written) that they
02 August 2018 Letter From Yucatan Mexican rainforest. By William Morton Yucatan is not one’s film-inspired idea of Mexico – a desert studded with cacti stretching away to distant hills. It is carpeted with rainforest, receives substantial rainfall and is teeming with birds and other wildlife. The rainforest sits on a bed of limestone which
26 July 2018 Snuggling in the Heather Losing the Curlew. By J R Thomas There are moments of such wonderful irony that one just has to laugh. Conservation, though we should of course be concerned and correct, does have a tendency to produce laughs at guffaw volume. Owners of diesel cars need a sense of
3 May 2018 A Bump in the Road Keep your eyes on the carriageway by J R Thomas These are not happy times to reach the top of the slippery pole of politics. We live in an era and with technology where the voice of the populace grows ever louder, and more immediate, and angry.
03 May 2018 French Conspiracy Another Louis! By Chin Chin Louis, I ask you! Fifth in line to the throne of England and with a French name. And not just any French name either. It’s a name which has been borne by nineteen French kings, one of them hyphenated and another, even more pretentiously, canonised.
26 April 2018 Desperately seeking fungi Mushroom Foraging on Hampstead Heath by Frank O’Nomics. Oh for the carefree life of self-sufficiency! To roam the fields, living free off the fruits of nature, high in vitamins and low in fat. So it was that when I took myself to Hampstead Heath for a morning’s tutored mushroom
26 April 2018 When is Meat not Meat? France to rename meat substitutes. By Lynda Goetz “‘Sausage’ is not simply a meat product” the lady argued on the radio. “It is a recognised shape”. This does seem to make a fair point, but what about ‘chicken’ or ‘steak’? The French government’s recent decision to legislate
26 April 2018 An Apparition My time as a ghost. By Chin Chin It isn’t often that I get to appear as a ghost. Not often enough, the nastier of you may mutter, but I am not going to listen to you. I am not going to let your malice make things worse. They are