Greg's Occasional News & Views


17 July 2016

A week is a long time in politics? Try 3 days! The first two rounds of the Conservative Party leadership contest whittled the five pretenders down to two – Theresa May and our local MP, Andrea Leadsom. On Monday, Leadsome withdrew from the race (she had performed astonishingly poorly in an interview with the Times and was quite clearly not up to the job. The good news is that she recognised that she was not remotely capable of becoming PM). Continue reading

10 July 2016

For the first time in a very long time, it’s actually been a moderately decent week. We even had some sunshine! To be fair, most days have been grey and windy with spitterings of rain but the occasional burst of sunshine seems to be all the more appreciated for its relative rarity so far this summer. I guess we’re saving up our decent weather for when our multitude of guests arrive during the weeks to come. Continue reading

3 July 2016

A week is a long time in politics. Over the past week or so, twenty minutes has seemed a long time! I genuinely don’t know where to begin because, as I have often written, you can’t make this stuff up! Continue reading

26 June 2016

So, it’s finally over – the referendum to settle Britain’s relationship with Europe forever. And, the turkeys have indeed voted in favour of Thanksgiving.

After a campaign based on racism and lies, we finally know that the whole thing was an utter waste of time and money and there are nothing but losers everywhere one turns. The UK is a huge loser – the value of the pound plummeted as the result became clear and we now face forever being on the outside looking in with no opportunity to engage with and make the European Union better for everyone. Cameron is certainly a loser (I almost wrote “tosser” there but that would be too rude). Having called the referendum to, as John Major described it when he was fighting with his Eurosceptics more than twenty years ago, to “lance the boil” of his European dissenters, he’s achieved the opposite and is now consigned to the dustbin of history. He will be remembered as the man who almost single-handedly destroyed the United Kingdom. Scotland will almost certainly demand a second independence referendum – during the last one a very persuasive argument deployed was that the only way Scotland could remain part of the EU was to stick with the United Kingdom. That particular lever has now been broken and the Scots will almost certainly vote to leave the UK this time. Continue reading

19 June 2016

We had a fun weekend with our nephew David, my sister Susie’s son. He was due to be in London for a Mozilla conference and, bizarrely, thought he might come a few days early to spend some time with us. It’s clear that the TripAdvisor review Greg the Younger completed following his visit that the Guest Wing at Framington House is on the “Must Do” list. His visit was a delight and pleasure. Continue reading

5 June 2016

So, where were we? As we explained last time, we’ve been away for a few weeks and now, like the worst kind of “friends” who make you sit through their tedious holiday tales and infinite vacation photographs, we’ll share some of ours with “y’all.” Continue reading

29 May 2016

My goodness – it’s been a long time since we wrote anything here. It seems as if we’ve been away forever. As we warned you last time, we’ve been away in the States all this time – some very good times, unfortunately, a very sad time at the end of our stay and then some very good news we received yesterday. Continue reading

24 April 2016

Good morning. We’ve had a fairly decent spell of weather this week but it’s been a little of the “Good cop, bad cop” variety. We had some bright sunshine and even tolerably warm days at the beginning of the week; the tail end has brought colder temperatures and cloudier skies as we welcome a spell of freezing winds from the Arctic. Even the good days, though, have been somewhat schizophrenic at times – we are often on the cusp of competing weather fronts. So, when we watch the weather on the evening news we can get quite excited about the spell of splendidly warm and sunny weather they predict only to find that we’ve ended up on the wrong side of the line. Again. Oh well. Continue reading

17 April 2016

You know the old saying about waiting for a bus – you spend all day long waiting for a bus and then three come along at once? Our social calendar apparently operates in a similar manner. Last Friday lunchtime we went from having absolutely no commitments over the weekend to being thoroughly occupied with three “social” occasions in about twenty minutes. It’s lovely to be able to take advantage of such activities when they arise. Continue reading

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