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Gorillas in Our Midst by Jack Scott

On Thursday, July 25th, 2013
gorillas   We got back from holiday to face an invasion of psychedelic gorillas. I thought someone had slipped some acid in my gin and I was tripping the light fantastic. Don’t fret, I haven’t taken to class A drugs and mugging old Norfolk broads to feed a nasty habit. Not yet anyway. Looking like the ...

Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley by Jack Scott

On Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
palma-2013-151 With hours to kill before our night flight back to Blighty, we plumped for a day trip to Sóller and its coastal sister, Porto Sóller on the north side of Mallorca. The touristy thing to do is ride the antique tren that runs from Palma railway station so that’s exactly what we did. The vintage ...

Fawlty Towers by Jack Scott

On Sunday, July 7th, 2013
palma-panorama Following our fright flight, we arrived at the Hotel Costa Azul in Palma at 2am. Our smart room was a little on the bijou side but we were tired and thought little of it. The next morning we awoke to a rotating mechanical clunk and the sound of persistent banging. Liam leapt out of bed ...

From Little Acorns… by Jack Scott

On Saturday, July 6th, 2013
VLUU L200  / Samsung L200 Once upon a time in another life,  this seasoned old cynic met and fell for a handsome young man with razor-sharp wit and a glorious smile. His name was John. We collided in a long-gone dive in Earls Court called the Copacabana. He stayed the night and never left. Eight years in to our fine ...

Pillow Talk by Jack Scott

On Thursday, May 30th, 2013
pillow-talk I’m struggling just a little to give up the dreaded weed (okay, I’m struggling a lot). Most of the time I bear my cross with the help of nicotine patches as my tobacco crutches. But, an evening on the Devil’s brew at the local ale house invariably sees me falling off the wagon: a relapse ...

Attack of the Norovirus by Jack Scott

On Saturday, May 11th, 2013
FLR-040 NoroVirus Poster FINAL RGB.qxp The schools are off and a sparkling (but still chilly) early spring day brought the north folk of Norfolk out of hibernation to swarm around the lanes of Norwich in search of a bargain (and there are bargains galore to be had). I watched the throng from a kerbside café. I was out alone in ...

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

On Saturday, April 20th, 2013
the-best-exotic-marigold-hotel I wanted to see ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ when it was released in 2012. It’s my kind of film but not the kind that got a screening at the plush cinema in Bodrum which tended to focus on Hollywood blockbusters, more’s the pity. We could have lifted a dodgy download from the enterprising Low ...

The Bosphorus by Jack Scott

On Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
bosphorus   As the sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean and the narrow meeting point between Europe and Asia, the Bosphorus has been of immense strategic and commercial importance ever since humanity first strapped a few planks together and took up paddling. Old Istanbul straddles both sides, with one leg in Europe, the ...

James Dowdall, RIP by Jack Scott

On Saturday, March 30th, 2013
James Dowdall, Torch Bearer
Image courtesy of Robert Hayes It’s curious how extended families, so close in childhood days, can grow slowly apart as children age and move on. I guess it’s related to our modern existence of social mobility, dispersal and transience. My own family is a case in point. When I was growing up, my mother and her siblings were very chummy ...

Stop Press! by Jack Scott

On Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
9781904881643-Perking the Pansies COVER.indd So far, the start of spring has been a nipple-hardening affair. Wild March winds are whistling across the East Anglian flatlands and snow flurries swirl around the daffodils. Thank God for central heating and high tog duvets. March has also been remarkable for a flurry of activity for Perking the Pansies, Jack and Liam move ...

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