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I want to ride my bicycle…

My parents must have been keen cyclists at one time, I have the grainy black and white photos of their summer holiday in 1953: a cycling tour of Normandy. That must have been an adventure. My very first bicycle memory is of bring taken to primary school every day balanced on a floral cushion on…

Sumer is icumen in…

…Loudly sing ‘Cuckoo’ Cuckoos are sort of tricky birds, it’s hard to feel sympathy for mass-murderers, but for some reason they appeal, maybe also because of the clocks: Actually I heard my first cuckoo this year back on May 1, and was jubilant as I had a one Euro coin in my pocket at the…

Integrated at last

I have always loved TV. My British childhood was framed by Thursdays with Petticoat Junction Fridays with The Avengers And who could forget The Man from Uncle? Even then I had crushes on anybody who spoke with a foreign accent and so of course was in love with Ilya Kuryakin (even though he was actually…

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