From the back seat – part 18

My dad’s Technical Editor on the mag was John Vernon Bolster, known as JVB,  who was a true eccentric and the perfect foil to my dad, always sporting an enormous bushy moustache, tweeds and a deerstalker. They were great mates and worked their way around the circuits and motoring social...

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Who needs Halloween?

Who needs Halloween?

Shall we just not bother with Halloween this year? It’s looking, quite frankly, as pale as a ghost, next to the daily glut of terror we’re surrounded with every day. If it isn’t swivel-eyed Jihadi John, coming to behead you, it’s Ebola ready to infect you. Or, if the thought...

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A Parent’s Guide to the School Gates

Starting at a new school can be daunting for your child but let’s not forget it can be a minefield of unique social etiquette for parents too. Term has just begun so here is a useful list of Dos and Don’ts for parents faced with the school gates for the...

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From the Backseat – Part 15

From the Backseat – Part 15

Dad loved the cinema, and he would drag his willing sons along to the local flea-pit to watch any number of mediocre ‘fillums’, as our grandpa used to call them. When we were staying with our grandparents in Bearsden, outside Glasgow, we would go to the Rio on Milngavie Road,...

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The Chelsea Nanny – Try Something Different

The Chelsea Nanny – Try Something Different

‘Pleeeeease can I go on The Booster?’ squeals the Small One. We are at the fun fair in Battersea Park. Most of the rides look so precarious the thrill of going on any of them would be less induced by the spinning cars and more by the very real fear...

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The tragedy of Italian politics

Ambition, intrigue, betrayal, all the ingredients to a Shakespearean tragedy, are there, ready to be staged on the Italian political scene. This high drama is set against a backdrop of an economic crisis that continues to envelop the country, battering the nation’s industry and employment rate. The latest act features...

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