Author Archives: Richard

About Richard

Just your less-than-average married father of one

Dear John

As I sit here, a couple of days before we say our final goodbyes, I wanted to let you know the things I’ll miss about you: I’ll miss the hearty greetings, such as “Richard! How are you my friend?” (Actually, … Continue reading

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This might be the hardest post I have had to write

This might be the hardest post I have had to write. A few years ago, a very strange advert appeared in the Law Society Gazette. It is the free magazine sent to all solicitors every week, whether they want it … Continue reading

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The television news service Ceefax came to an end this week, the arrival of nationwide digital television having brought about the end of the analogue service on which it ran. In truth, I haven’t used it for years and it … Continue reading

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Ms Jackson

This isn’t really a ‘musical memory’ post as such. I was listening to The Music Machine on Friday night and they played this song. That is, as the caption says, Australian band The Vines covering Outkast’s song Ms Jackson. Hearing … Continue reading

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A Small Achievement

If there is one thing that my family is not very outspoken about – and believe me, we are very outspoken about a lot of things (usually each other) when we want to be – it is individual achievements. We … Continue reading

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Heroes and Villains

One of the ways that the internet has revolutionised communication, perhaps more than is generally realised, is the way that it allows people to find an audience for their opinions. Now, sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it is … Continue reading

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Lettered Times

It may or may not surprise you to know that I have on occasion written to magazines and newspapers other than Smash Hits. I am probably proudest of having had a letter accidentally published in Private Eye. It was only … Continue reading

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Being Published

On a couple of occasions recently I have been asked what the first thing I ever had published was. This is a difficult question to answer, because I never know at what level the questioner expects me to begin. For … Continue reading

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We’ve Got A Little Sister!

I’ve always been greatly amused by the stories of women who give birth in inconvenient places – the changing rooms of clothes shops, the office, Reading County Court, that sort of thing – and then claim that they didn’t know … Continue reading

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I Never Play Basketball Now

I have always had a slightly ambivalent attitude to basketball. Most people, when describing me, usually mention that I am a bit on the tall side. However, by the standards of basketball players, I am definitely a shorty. And that … Continue reading

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