david_brown_speedback_17This looks very much like proof that it is possible to make a beautiful modern car.

It is from David Brown Automotive. This David Brown is apparently no relation to the David Brown who was behind Aston Martin in the golden era of the DB6, but there is a distinct flavour of the Aston Martin about this car. Continue reading

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How Now Brown Owl

owlPerdita was barking inthe garden this morning.  Why? Because there was a owl sitting in a tree, giving her a very superior sort of a look. Continue reading

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Rocky Horror meets The Wiggles

Frank2I lived for a while just off King’s Road in Chelsea in the 1970s, and so of course I went to see the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show which was running in the theatre on the corner.  Since then, I have seen the film a couple of times. In those days – before Aids rendered casual sex less fashionable – it was a fabulous show.  Silly, of course, but also satisfyingly subversive.  But all that stuff is getting on a bit now, and when a friend suggested that I join her to see the latest stage manifestation in Adelaide last night, I was Continue reading

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Audrey Sunday

IMGP5025My friends The Audreys were playing at the Turkey Flat vineyard, in the Barossa Valley, yesterday.

Brilliant as usual, this time in a small informal venue.

They have a new album out: ‘Til My Tears Roll Away. Continue reading

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One D Printing

abellemailMy first daughter, Annabel, has been busy writing for the Daily Mail. This piece, from yesterday, is ‘Don’t confuse me with a lesbian’: Meet the tribe of Albanian mountain women who dress, work and live as men, and it is at Continue reading

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The Countries Game

old-map-281-300x231My friend Joanne has a thing called the countries game.  The idea is that you have to count how many countries you have been to. She has rules.

It is surprisingly hard. One writes a list, but then remembers other places one has been. I think I get 45, assuming that the Channels Islands are different countries.







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Easy Monday

crossword 3iii14The Times crossword was mercifully easy yesterday.  Which was good for morale.

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Out of the Hunt

james huntLike many people, I suspect, I used to think that James Hunt was a bit of a plonker.  He was a few years older than me – when he was winning the world championship in 1976, I was just finishing law school. We admired his heroic driving, or course, but his poor manners seemed boorish.

Later, I warmed to him. There was something very sad about the extent to which he was laid low by his divorce from his second wife. He worked a few days a year – commentating on the races for the BBC – but was by then so poor that he had to bicycle from his home into London to get to the studio.  And then Continue reading

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Sitting Pretty

chairI now know more than I knew last week about castors for office chairs. I had one break. So I went to replace it.

They only cost $10 for a set of 5. But you need to get the right pintel diameter.  Most modern office chairs take a 11mm pintel. I have had my office chair (which I have in my study at home) for quite a while now – I like it and it is comfortable. But here’s the thing. It takes a 10mm pintel. Go to the average office chair shop and they say “Nah, mate [sniff]. Dairn’t see vem no more. Izaw levemill vese daze.”

But here’s the thing.  The other thing.  Ikea Continue reading

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Surface area

microsoft-surface-2I thought I might buy a Microsoft Surface (well, they run real Word and they have a USB port, so that ticks two boxes for me).  They have had a hard time among the Applites, but the reviews of new Surface 2 seemed OK, and my old small laptop is now very long in the tooth.

Sold out in Adelaide. Never mind, I thought, since I was going to be in Brisbane last week for a retreat (see here), and could pick one up there.  Still no joy.  They are apparently sold out throughout Australia, and no new stock is expected for a little while.

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