Modern life

EVERYONE ready? Got your Union flags close to hand for some frantic waving? At least for 45 minutes. The bunting dragged out from storage to drape between houses? And hang there limply for days long after, a sad reminder of what might have been. The fridge cleared to make space for the packs of beer? Better not be Heineken. Junk food ordered in? But no hamburgers, or pizzas. Stick to the snags and pies. And be prepared for plenty of leftovers as the disillusioned (yet again) drift away early to grieve alone. Arrangements should proceed smoothly; it’s a familiar routine. Continue reading

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They took their time: much more than they should. But at long last, the trustees of the National Trust have accepted the resignation of chairman Tim Parker. Or was he pushed as the person ostensibly overseeing a succession of decisions that have alienated many loyal members and seen the dismissal of hundreds of dedicated staff, paid and volunteers?  Parker, he of the shockwave hair, had the gall to ‘thank everyone, not least the many thousands of volunteers …’ Meanwhile, the trust remained in denial that Parker was also chair of the Post Office when it sent so many of its… Continue reading