Friday, November 29, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE IF you haven’t finished your breakfast yet, please do so before reading this column. It’s about World Toilet Day.
Friday, November 22, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE MALC Lawrence and Keith Newbery have just visited the Tate Modern. Now there’s a sentence I never expected to write any time soon, if at all.
Friday, November 15, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE THERE was a short letter in this newspaper a couple of weeks back which may have gone unnoticed by some readers.
Friday, November 8, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE THE word ‘cabal’ has been much in evidence in the columns of this newspaper over the past few weeks.
Friday, November 1, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE IF the battle to save Sandown were to be staged as a prize fight, the ring announcer would probably sound something like this.
Friday, October 25, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE Whenever I felt under the weather as a kid, with an illness usually caused by an infection in the area somewhere between eyebrows and breast-bone, my mother immediately set about making onion juice.
Friday, October 18, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE IT was Napoleon Bonaparte who is reported to have said: ‘Don’t bring me good generals, bring me lucky ones.’
Friday, October 11, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE MOST journalists will tell you the actors and performers they happen upon during the course of their work rarely bear much resemblance to the image they present to the public.
Friday, October 4, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE I HAVE a fondness for church bells; their plangent clangour and the slightly ragged symmetry of the sound they make have always struck me as quintessentially English.
Friday, September 27, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE I’VE always wondered why the logo “Stop-tober” was chosen for the month devoted to helping people give up smoking.
Friday, September 13, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE TO be perfectly honest, I expected to feel a bit different when I got up on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Friday, September 6, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE I SUSPECT the euphoric feelings during the run-up to an election — for those directly involved anyway — are rather like the emotions most people experience during the first flush of true love.
Friday, August 30, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE YOU see before you a troubled man. All may appear normal on the outside; after all, there is still some cricket left to be played in this agreeable summer and my beautiful grand-daughter, Miss Betsy Barry, has provided me with 12 months of happiness and glorious distraction.
Friday, August 23, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE EVERY now and then, a combination of television, politics and rank stupidity produces a moment so divine it makes you want to hug the set and kiss the screen in slobbering gratitude.
Friday, August 16, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE IT would be a tad fanciful to compare Arreton Valley in the IW to Tornado Alley in the Mid-West of America but we have our blustery moments here at Winford.
Friday, August 9, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE MOST newspaper editors, if they-’re honest, will admit to a degree of ambivalence when it comes to advertising.
Friday, August 2, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE WHEN it comes to complicating the lives of those who enjoy the fruits of the vine, Jilly Goolden has a lot to answer for.
Friday, July 26, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE I’M still trying to figure out what it was about the title ‘police and crime commissioner’ that got David Cameron so excited in the first place.
Friday, July 19, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE JOHN Gurney Champion has always been an implacable opponent of Newclose County Cricket Ground.
Friday, July 12, 2013
THIS ISLAND LIFE THE IW County Show has been part of the backcloth to my life for as long as I can remember, so I felt oddly reassured after reading attendances reached a healthy 5,000 this year.