Annibendod Mynwy

When I was in primary school my parents decided I should sit the scholarship entrance exam for Monmouth School. Then as now the private, single-sex boarding school was a bastion …

It’s over

Text message received from my sister 29/1/21: Dad passed away peacefully today. I’m collecting his stuff from the hospital x He was two weeks short of his 97th birthday. I …

Anobaith

I despair. No person with a modicum of intelligence, conscience and decency can do anything other than despair in the rotten to the core UK controlled neck and crop by …

Going Bananas

Bananas originate in the tropical jungles of today’s Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines in south-east Asia, where many rare varieties of the massive Musa genus still grow wild. The ideal …

Jan Morris (1926-2020)

In the obituaries published since the death of irreplaceable Jan Morris last month, it is noticeable how many of them concentrated on comparatively inconsequential events in her extraordinary life (the …