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Word of the week: philanthropist

Last weekend my daughter (who celebrated her 12th birthday earlier this month) asked me what a philanthropist was. Before answering the question I asked her where she’d come across the word. It was on a web page about Katie Piper who, sadly, was voted off “Strictly Come Dancing” that evening. We were rooting for her… Continue reading Word of the week: philanthropist

Advice · Home life · Notes from West London

Soaking up the sun

A wet mid-October day here in West London. The weather has prompted numerous pieces on this Blog in recent months, including observations about the snow in early March and the summer’s heatwave. Here’s another one. Three weeks ago, in late September, we had a mini-heatwave, with temperatures hitting 27 degrees centigrade (80 Fahrenheit). One weekday… Continue reading Soaking up the sun

At the movies · In the news · Word of the week

Word of the week: gaslighting

This piece from last week, by Sirena Bergman in The Independent, begins, “Ten years ago I’d never heard the term ‘gaslighting’.” She discusses it in the context of a recent news story regarding two contestants on the most-watched show on UK television, “Strictly Come Dancing”, as you can see by following the link above. The… Continue reading Word of the week: gaslighting

Tenable · Trivia

“Tenable” questions, week ending 12 October 2018

For the sixth weekend running I have made a note of the questions and answers from the previous week’s episodes of ITV quiz show “Tenable”. For weeks 1 to 5 click on any of the following links: Week 1 questions (3-7 September) Week 2 questions (10-14 September) Week 3 questions (17-21 September) Week 4 questions… Continue reading “Tenable” questions, week ending 12 October 2018

In the news · Notes from West London

Patisserie Valerie

According to this piece in yesterday’s Guardian, “The stricken cakes and café chain Patisserie Valerie is teetering close to collapse after admitting it needed ‘an immediate injection of capital’ to survive.” My immediate thought was that, at the prices they charge, any customer buying half-a-dozen pastries and a couple of large hot chocolates would inject… Continue reading Patisserie Valerie