Intrepid Optimist

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Category Archives: Opinion

Liszt (ening):  A Cure for Lethargy

Liszt wrote fifteen Hungarian Rhapsodies, all of them originally for piano solo, but many of them have now been scored for orchestra. Of all these, the second is by far … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rare Common Sense

Yesterday, while taking a glass of wine in one my favoured watering holes, I entered into a conversation with a stranger and fellow Englishman. He was a bright, elderly man, … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 10 Comments

Better Late Than…Better Never Late

A short while ago, I was in a hotel in Montreal and enjoying a relaxed Sunday breakfast. Over the radio broadcast in the restaurant, I heard the presenter warn that … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 13 Comments

Is That a Fact?

Recently I found myself wondering how many of the latest,  based on the truth  films watched, really are true to their original story? This year alone there have already been a … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

I received a bit of flack recently for addressing my good friend as Taff. Apparently this is now very non-PC. But Taff does come from Wales and is proud to … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 8 Comments

Service – The Perfect Waiter

World wide, turn on any TV channel these days and I guarantee you will see one or another of your favourite TV chefs in ego action, preaching, teaching, advising and … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Dining and Whining.

Oh my Gaawd! Am I that old? Another blow to my very being. Turned up for a lunch last Sunday and became fast aware I was not just old – … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 13 Comments

Remembrance of things past – Border Nostalgia

The central function of any border or frontier is to keep people in their place and be able to control them. But for me the very word, Border or Frontier … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · 2 Comments
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