Category Archives: My life

A Very Damp Lambing

Breaking News! I have just received a letter from Mr. Tev ’Aho, who carried out the HoLEP procedure on my prostate. As I mentioned in my recent blog post, the material that was removed was subjected to a detailed inspection … Continue reading

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The Blog That Went Missing: The Beast from the East

As regular readers of this blog will know, it has been a fairly turbulent time for me health-wise, but thanks to our wonderful NHS I’m now very much on the mend and am looking forward to the warmth of spring … Continue reading

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MEN: you must come clean about your naughty bits!

And just to be quite clear, by ‘naughty bits’ I refer of course to those parts of your anatomy that dangle in your trousers, or get squashed-up and rather uncomfortable when you’re sitting for too long in some modern train … Continue reading

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My new book for Penguin: Paths to the Past. Publication date: March 1st

Just over a year ago I was approached by my Editor at Penguin, Tom Penn, about the possibility of writing something a bit shorter than my previous heavyweight book (The Making of the British Landscape), on landscapes. As it happened, … Continue reading

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Welcome to 2018 (it couldn’t be worse than 2017…)

Let’s not dwell on 2017: far too much Trump and Brexit. Enough said. At the very end of October I had my hip replacement operation and afterwards I attacked the business of recovery very energetically, going for long walks, first … Continue reading

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Welcome to my new left hip joint!

Somebody wise once said that you’ve got to be strong to grow old – and how right he or she was. I’d also add: not just strong, but fit and determined, too. It further helps if you can draw on … Continue reading

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The Garden in Early Summer

It never rains, but it pours – even in dry weather. All of which is, I concede a bit Delphic, but that’s how I’ve been feeling lately, as events pile up to make life difficult. And, to add yet another … Continue reading

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