I have a Swiss watch

NOW I am not being a show off. It is not a Rolex or one of those other poncy brands you see advertised...

Tis the season

I THINK I have written of this before, that brief period at the start of the English summer where for...

Probability sucks

THE synchronised swimming at next year’s Olympics will have to go ahead without me. I am sure the boys...

Everybody has one

OPINIONS, as I was once told by a very wise man, are a bit like rear-ends – everybody has one and everyone...

I am rather pleased not to be dead

THE more observant among you may have noted that the world did not end a week or so ago. It did not,...

Birth of a giant

I WAS a 10lb baby. I am told that is biggish and my mother certainly never lets me forget that I was...

Daring greatly

MAY 12: I HAVE on my wall at work a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt titled, “The Arena” “It is not...

Other people's money

AS MY wife never tires of telling me, I am a simple man – simple in tastes, simple in pleasures and simple...

View from the West End

30 SEPTEMBER 2010

Starting again, at the end

I HAVE died and gone to the Swan Valley it seems. Strange, as in hindsight, it probably isn’t the mix...

View from the West End

17 AUGUST 2010

Lessons from the land of Borat

FIRSTLY, a little apology in advance. If during this week’s Australian v Pakistan test match at Lords,...

Fear of fear itself

JUNE 15: ABOUT mid afternoon most trading days, the afternoon papers and the news feeds start to come...

No matter who you vote for a politician always gets in

I CAN remember as a kid in my home town, the local member of parliament was always someone you knew,...

Growing up is hard to do

THANK god it’s over – winter I mean, it was a grim one. The days are getting longer, the golf clubs have...

Size does matter

RISK and reward, no pain no gain, you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, there’s no such thing...

Was I born yesterday?

MARCH 15: I HEARD a great saying the other day, ascribed to some wise old mining guy: “Only invest in...

The art of communication

FEBRUARY 23: MANY years ago as a young geologist, I packed my satchel, left the cosy comforts of West...

View from the West End

22 FEBRUARY 2010