Like most weeks, last week saw many famous birthdays. Iggy Pop, the super-impressive and seemingly indestructible (despite his best efforts!) grandfather of punk turned 67. Queen Elizabeth II of England turned 88 (although her birthday is only officially celebrated in June). Crispin Glover who played a fresh-faced George McFly in Back to the Future turned […]
When I was a kid, my parents had clearly not read the parenting book that advised parents to “give your kids some freedom and space to grow”. Oh no, instead they had opted for the book that said “be very careful, absolutely EVERYTHING poses a potential danger to your offspring!”.
On the airport bus in Malmö a couple of weeks ago, I was seated in front of a group of twentysomethings whose clipped vowels betrayed their expensive education. I kind of filtered out the first part of their conversation which was all about where they’d been on their weekend in Malmö, but paid a little more attention when they started talking about their future travel plans.
Many wealthy people are little more than the janitors of their possessions – Frank Lloyd Wright Stuff. Why are we so addicted to it – acquiring it, having it, keeping it? On my recent trip to Cape Town I visited a good friend at his house in Cape Town. It was the most […]
There are many advantages to having older parents, as I did. But one of the downsides is that you are unlikely to have a long acquaintance with any of your grandparents. At least two of my grandparents passed away before I was even born, and the other two lived pretty far away all my […]
I am one of those annoying people that hardly ever gets sick. Like my father (who never spent a night in hospital in his life until the fall that broke his hip and ultimately led to his demise), the worst that happens to me is the occasional 24-hour tummy bug, or maybe the sniffles. All […]
When I was at school, one of my favourite books that I read over and over was Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals. I remember being fascinated by his stories of childhood, a childhood so completely different to mine as to be unimagineable. Bizarrely, the thing that stuck with me most is that […]