Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Never Look Back and Regret. Look Back and Smile

As my old mate, Sid used to say, “You’d after be gormless not to know the difference between a glass of Bowjolly and one of them fancy Portugese, Mattu’s”. Sid’s … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Some Things are Never Forgotten

No doubt, you all have your best meal stories to share, so I should feel no reluctance in passing on, possibly repeating, because best meal stories bear repetition. The unsurpassed … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

No Experience Necessary – Those were the Days

Occasionally – usually while sitting at a bar, I will be asked by those younger by several generations than myself, what I studied to become a  journalist; a title I … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Life-saving Picnic Basket

I am sure many will agree with me, that there is nothing more enjoyable than a picnic in the company of friends, with choice food and in a setting of … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Traveling Before Plastic

No one was happier than yours truly, to learn the Thomas Cook Travel Company is showing a profit when only a couple of years back it faced bankruptcy. For me, … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

SOME THINGS IN LIFE YOU JUST DON’T LOSE.

On my way to a meeting this morning I was approached by a Syrian refugee at a rush-hour filled German railway station, who needed help. In English, I gave him … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Remembering Bela Bartók

It was way back when, after a madcap visit to Hungary, I became interested in all things Magyar.  Sadly the attraction, as fascinations do, faded. Being of calm Celtic, Anglo … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to Love Stravinsky

I had a friend of Russian extraction who adored the music of Stravinsky. He was Stravinsky mad. One time he went so far as to organize a “Rights of Man” … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

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
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