Music · On my radio · Word of the week

Word of the week: mint

Last month, in this piece, I wrote about MiniDisc technology. In recent weeks I have been playing back some of my old MiniDisc recordings, stretching back over more than two decades. They’re similar to the kind of things we recorded back in the 1980s: mix-tapes and radio shows. There are chart run-downs, American-themed shows presented… Continue reading Word of the week: mint

On writing

An update about readers in faraway places (Angola, Cuba, Sudan …)

In September 2019, in this piece about readers in distant places, I noted that this Blog has attracted at least one visitor from 38 of the 40 most populous nations on earth. The exceptions were Iran and Sudan (18th and 34th respectively in the list of countries by population). I wrote, “If either country does… Continue reading An update about readers in faraway places (Angola, Cuba, Sudan …)

Catchphrases · Memories

“No decaf. No cappuccino. No cream. Only raspberries!”

Nineteen years ago today my wife and I were on honeymoon, taking it easy by the swimming pool in a converted farmhouse in Tuscany. The previous evening we had dinner in Florence, about an hour’s drive away, one of the most enjoyable meals we have ever shared. It was at an unpretentious family-run restaurant. When… Continue reading “No decaf. No cappuccino. No cream. Only raspberries!”

Memories · Sport

Olympic memories: Munich 1972, Wottle with the throttle

On this date in 1972 US athlete Dave Wottle won the 800m final at the Munich Olympics. I remember it well. It was the first Olympic year when I knew what was happening. I had been looking forward to the athletics events all summer but we missed some of them. We were on holiday in… Continue reading Olympic memories: Munich 1972, Wottle with the throttle