I’ve just noticed that somehow an intruder (either an advertisement or a face) inserted itself in the middle of the blog I wrote earlier today. Please ignore it. I don’t know how or why it happened but it seems like we are entering a world of ‘Big Brother’ with people taking over other peoples utterances.

A Birthday in Cornwall

Surely I have written a blog in the last couple of weeks! If not then my time clock has become mightily confused. I think in the frantic efforts in getting my new book published successfully all sense of timing has gone astray. It was my birthday at the end of October so we decided to […]

A Veterans Tea Party

Last week I was invited to a tea party at Phyllis Court by the Not Forgotten Association as I am a member of the Malayan and Borneo Veterans. We were treated to a very professional troupe who sang wartime songs as they acted the parts of 1940’s favourites – including George Formby, Vera Lynn, Max […]

Katie Boyle

On Friday afternoon I went to the Battersea Dogs Home in London where a celebration of Katie Boyle’s life was being held All around the room were photographs showing Katie throughout her life and a number of large screens continuously screening her ads for Camay soap and her many appearances on a BBC television when […]

A trip up the river

Last Wednesday my young friend and I left the mooring at about 9.30 for a three hour trip downriver to Marlow. We’d booked lunch at Sindhu’s Indian restaurant. It’s run by Atul Kochhar and is located in the Compleat Angler Hotel. It’s a lovely place to eat, overlooking the river and serves traditional Indian food. […]

From a Princess to a Queen

I’ve known Princess Azizah since she was a small girl and a member of the Johor royal family. Over the years she’s commissioned many miniature portraits from me – including five of her babies. This was after she married the Tunku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Pahang in Malaysia. Three years ago she brought this diamond […]

Still Bowling Along

I haven’t advanced very far in the matches I’ve played in so far this year but hopefully that will change next week as I’m determined to play well in the ‘Novices’. We had a Gala day recently. Here’s a shot which shows a variety of colours in the woods. Henley Regatta had a good week […]