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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 …

Pandemic pandemonium

There have been countless reactions to living through this extraordinary time of pandemic: anguished lamentations, deranged panic, long-haul stoicism, bogus casualness, oblivious disassociation, creepy anthrophilia, weepy self-pity, contrived defiance, Panglossian …

Mind over matter

He was born into abject poverty and deprivation. His youth was blighted by brutal oppression and shocking bereavement. He contracted polio at age 17 and spent two years seriously ill …

Lemon aid

Such is the truly horrifying state of Cardiff, of Wales, of the UK, of Europe and indeed of the entire planet from pole to pole…and such is the ever-accelerating momentum …

Oneupmanship

I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I don’t swear. Bloody hell, I left my pipe in the pub! I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t swear and I …

Back by popular demand

ACROSS 1 You’re looking at it: the first hybrid of 17 (6) 5 Vroom! Fiat’s uneven heave (5) 9 Time with a batty gnat such as Ann Widdecombe? (9) 10 …