Take the A Train

THE train was hurtling from Manhattan to Brooklyn when the man beside me suddenly addressed me: ‘Well, what do you think? Trump or Clinton?’ I was about to reply when he made it easier for me. ‘They’re both arseholes,’ he declared. ‘It’s a difficult choice,’ I ventured, ‘but it’s not one I have to make.…

Aussie sports hit the hurdles

THE AUSSIES are having a tough time in sport lately. The Rio Olympics have just finished with Australia crashing to 10th in the medal table while traditional rivals Great Britain enjoyed a record medal haul to finish 2nd in the table. The same weekend, the Wallabies were thrashed 42-8 on home soil by world rugby…

Hole in one

THERE’S a certain vicarious pleasure in playing a round of golf with a man who gets a hole in one. It would be more pleasurable if it were me, of course, but the fact that a playing partner can do it means there is hope yet for my humble game. As a relative newcomer to…

The mistletoe tradition, Bristol style

CHRISTMAS is a time for tradition, one of which is the age old custom of kissing under the mistletoe. The serving class of Victorian England is credited with first recording the custom but it seems the power of the mistletoe goes back much further. According to Wikipedia, the tradition dictated that a man was allowed…

Double dose of Icelandic fireworks

AS WE RING in the New Year the major cities of the world try to outdo each other with the most creative and most grandiose fireworks display. To my mind, Sydney generally wins because of the natural setting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. But the iconic features of London, Paris and…