When I picked up the book The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins (1824 – 89), published in 1860, I admit that I was expecting a ghost story along the lines of The Woman in Black. However, the former is most certainly set in the world of flesh and blood.
If there’s a subject which engenders strong, definite opinions for or against, it’s pigeons in London. In this court case, for which I thank the Old Bailey for making their services available, we’ll take a forensic look at the evidence, starting with the case for the prosecution.
It’s one of those horrible thoughts which seem to come straight from the manual, “How to turn dystopian sci-fi visions of the future into daily reality (UK government edition)”. It was along the lines of, “What if the police, like health care, were to introduce co-payments?” Although you could reasonably argue that delegated services are already a step too far.
Read T P Keating's review of Dodie Smith's excellent post-war novel.
The UK’s entry in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest, Still in Love With You performed by Electro Velvet, appeared to mirror the prevailing state of mind in the country. Forward to the past.
I was tidying up when I found a Gibson USA guitar pick, of the type I used to play my bass guitar with back in the day. I always carried a pick in my rear trouser pocket wherever I went. Here was the familiar black, hard plastic with gold lettering. A small flat triangle with two equally rounded corners and one less so. It took me right back to the London of the early 1980s.