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ACROSS9 Ghastly old queen gets to do little – primarily breed, eat, thieve and hunt (9)10 Creep’s typical behaviour? (5)11 Boy, I set extraordinary weight! (7)12 Protection is worn out …

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 …

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 …

Place your bets

11.59pm WASHINGTON DC BLEAKNESS STAKES(class x) for billionaire tyrants prize: planet Earth distance: not long going: dirty weather: heating up weights: fixed penalties: rigged draw: biased 1 (1) DUMP TRUCK …

Flora Cardiffia

I regularly used to drive up and down the M4 between London and Wales in the 1970s and 1980s, initially on a motorbike and subsequently in a car. When I …

My Old Dutch

The recent death of Roy Hudd (1936-2020) was easy to miss amid the grievous tidal wave of death currently sweeping across the planet, so here I’d just like to put …