Archive: Jul 2017

Passchendaele; my unforgettable trip

I have always been interested in history. It was my favourite subject at school – well, equal favourite with English literature. I had a wonderful – slightly eccentric – well, very,... Read more

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Sunday means it's my weekly trip to print photos

I’ve always been partial to a bit of routine. Creature of habit. Follower of regular patterns. Some would say boring; I prefer organised, disciplined, focused. Sundays always provide a perfect... Read more

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A perfect Friday

I’m having a perfect Friday. In fact, a perfect day wherever it fell during the week. A reasonably early start – Miss J was up bright and early this morning, just after 05:30 – but then... Read more

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2012 Opening Ceremony; the most British thing ever

Today marks five years since the epic 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London. Five years since the world tuned in their TVs to watch one of the finest, quirkiest shows on earth – the... Read more

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Being a dad has changed everything

There is no doubt that when you become a parent for the first time your world changes; utterly and overnight. I know mine did. There are many things you are prepared for – although inevitably... Read more

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The BBC is special - it now needs to prove it.

The BBC can’t have it both ways. It can’t claim to be a special place that does unique work and then fail so miserably when it comes to basic fairness and equality. The publication last week... Read more

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Safe standing; heart vs head?

It will be no surprise to regular readers of my blog to hear that I was at Royal Birkdale today. Another fantastic day at the 146th Open Championship. Hugely gratifyingly, my father-in-law – my... Read more

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Emotion makes life and sport worthwhile

It is a customary event during Open Friday. A former winner – a Champion Golfer – a legend – bidding farewell to the championship and taking his bow from the stage. Today; Mark... Read more

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Practice makes perfect

It is still seven days until Birkdale hails “the Champion Golfer of the year” but the gates opened today on the first official practice day at the 146th Open Golf Championship. We have been lucky... Read more

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Another day; another breakfast

The Team Jones London mini-break is over. We are home. Triumphant. A great trip; great times; great friends; great craic. The journey home was less Herculean than Thursday’s – no signal... Read more

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Planes, trains and automobiles; well, almost

Team Jones went on tour today. Off to London for a mini-break. There’s an expression I haven’t heard since my dear nan died. A busy two days of time with family, friends and some... Read more

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Thank you to the hospital

Twenty years ago last week, I celebrated a special anniversary. No big party. No cake. Not even a glass of prosecco or beer. This was an anniversary I observed quietly to myself and with Dr J. I just... Read more

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