Three Points

I have only to look at the origin countries of my daily visitors. Often I find myself asking, "Who are you? Why are you here? I have never sold a book in your country (insofar as I know)?" Usually I never learn the answers to such questions.


Pre-Birthday London

My birthday present.


Twenty-Nine Hours In France

We decided to do it on the spur of the moment. On Tuesday, we booked a hotel and reserved a ferry there and back. On Thursday, we headed from Dover to Calais to have a night away not far from Calais, in Boulogne-sur-Mer.


A Healthy Experience

My wife had to have a minor (we hope) procedure and *chose* to have it yesterday rather than a weekday. She was offered the option of the Sunday appointment and we had supposed the hospital would be quieter and so it might all be a bit less stressful. "Quieter" turned out to be, well, an understatement.


What Do You Think They Know?

Occasionally the American featured celebrity tracing his/her family tree comes across as - much as I hate to say this - worryingly clueless about wider history and lives lived prior to the present.

Conventions, General

As Today Begins…

A few things on my mind that I just wanted to mention here this morning...


New York Travel “Shorts”

Hello from the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. We made it...


“I’ll mention Marshal Foch; that’ll impress them…”

University department cocktail party-style chit-chat - [he thinks] "I'll mention Marshal Foch; that'll impress them..." - like that dropped on Twitter trying to be passed off as journalism is I feel an excellent example of why the current US president enjoys lots of support when he criticizes certain media and reporters as conjuring up "fake news."

Conventions, General

Why Americans Don’t “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”

"Remember, Remember the 5th of November" now means - thankfully - nothing in the United States.

Frontiers, General

“Who Do You Think You Are?”

What nationality would you be if you could not be what you are? Do you ever *think* you'd like to be someone else, and from somewhere else?


To Calais And Back

In case you haven't noticed, I pay attention to as much as I can when I'm traveling. You never know, as a writer, what you might be able to "use" someday. 😉

General, Tomorrow The Grace

Men Of State (And State Of Men)

Fear not, we can at least still fire off an enraged tweet or concoct a cutting Instagram meme: that'll make the bastard tremble at his keyboard, no doubt.


Reviews Of “Greatness”

My bottom line is what you as a reader who has purchased one or more of my books do after having done so is ENTIRELY your business.

Conventions, General

Our Friends’ Views

Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957-1963, once remarked that he felt he had to contend with two types of "anti-Britishness" among Americans, and especially among US officials...


Twenty-Three Years Ago

Twenty-three years ago this morning, July 14, 1995 (yes, yes, that was indeed before some of you were born), in Paris I was standing along the Champs Elysées...