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Tag Archives: The Oldie

Tripping hither, tripping thither

When I went to the bar as a very young man, it was often enough in the company of the Oxford University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. My relationship with G&S had started early, specifically the argument in Three Men in a Boat over which song Harris is trying to sing (I remain confused to this [...]

On ranting

If there’s one thing I just can’t abide, it’s ranters. Not the C17th religious nonconformists. Folk who can’t shut up about things. You know the type. The workplace philosophers; the shouters at the TV; people in whose eyes you see the glint of socialist dictatorship. They come in every walk of life. Stupid boxers (*tautology [...]

Fun run

Or; how to raise money for charity and feel bad doing it. – For The Oldie

A hero’s welcome

Dunkirk – THE UNTOLD STORY!! – For The Oldie

The Kings and I

A festive gripe about Cornelius’s lovely ‘Three Kings‘ – and the solo I have never got to sing in it. – For The Oldie

Summoning Pearl Harbor

A commemoration of Pearl Harbor, through Alexander Nemerov’s ekphrastic explorations. – For The Oldie

Mortality 101 – or; Catullus at the graveside

The Oldie runs my poem for the Armistice commemorations. – For The Oldie

I ink, therefore I am

On the choice and acquisition of my one and only tattoo. – For The Oldie

We were soldiers, once

How I went from Oxford choral scholar to British Army squaddie (in just under a dozen years). – For The Oldie

Veterans of modern wars

In a mid-September interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Baron Richards of Herstmonceux (GCB, CBE, DSO, DL – better known as General David Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff) made a comment to the effect that “a part-time soldier cannot be as effective as someone who’s devoted his life to it and puts on a [...]