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Late Life Crisis - October 2022

WFC - working from the countryside? An emigrant from London, quoted in The Times, bemoaned the local unavailability of decent sushi. Probably not the best standard-bearer.


Advice out that older people should lift heavy weights in order to maintain fitness. So I am off down to collect a case of wine from the Concierge.


The Post Office and Lee Castleton

The Post Office Horizon Public Inquiry has re-started. Institutions under the spotlight are giving evidence. 

So this seems a good time to pull ourselves back to what the Horizon scandal concerns: people.

One of those people, one of the hundreds of individuals running sub-Post Offices whose lives were ruined through no fault of their own, is Lee Castleton. The account that follows reflects his submissions to the Inquiry under an Impact Witness Statement from May 2022, and has been prepared with his approval.

Late Life Crisis - September 2022

At the end of August's effort I said that I would take a break on these until the New Year. It only took a few representations about continuing, to make me change my mind. Fickleness in the extreme.

Entries strictly following the passage of the month:

Postcard from the Wye Valley and then Somerset

On the way down, a stop at Old Sodbury, just off the M4. I was fascinated to see if this is the place to which I should properly retire.

Communication, Coffey and Commas

The purpose of punctuation is to make written language easier to understand. In certain uses it is also there to prevent a sentence from being ambiguous. Where there is ambiguity and conflict as to meaning, in case of legal dispute enter the lawyers, and potentially the Courts. Not good news. 

The comma is low in the food chain of punctuation. The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has decreed that one usage of it, the so-called Oxford Comma, shall no longer happen in her department. End. Verboten. 

Late Life Crisis - August 2022

I loved Laura Kenny's podium appearance after winning a Commonwealth cycling Gold for England. It being the Commonwealth Games, 'Jerusalem' is played as the anthem. Except our Laura was none too clear on when it finished, turning prematurely back to face front. With a shrug and a smile, she charmed her way through (also giving a stand-out interview afterwards about getting demotivated during training).


To Benjamin Franklin is credited the saying: 'It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.'