Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ooh me plums

Plum blossom

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012


A timely reminder to check out The Leaf Label, home to some great music including Murcof, Efterklang, Polar Bear and the wonderfully named Vladislav Delay.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Artist's impression

An artist's impression of what it probably won't look like at the Gloucestershire county cricket ground at Nevil Road: The club resubmitted development plans to Bristol City Council this week, having previously been refused planning permission.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hoveyda's watch

Oddly, I'm just waiting for a BBC political correspondent in Washington DC to phone. No, I haven't gone off my head or decided that blogging about repainting my allotment shed is so banal that I need to invent something, nor does the BBC in Washington need my insight into the Republican Party primaries.


And there he was, on the other end of the line, sounding a little bit like a Christopher or Peter Hitchens, responding to the email with my home phone number within ten minutes of me sending it, ever the hardworking hack.

The story starts with an Iranian in Paris in 1941, moves on to Marylebone Road in the mid '70s, falters in Croydon and ends in Nottingham in 1981. The call from Washington DC is merely an epilogue, a testament to the effort that some journalists are willing to expend in correcting errors in previously published articles.

UPDATE: 14.03.2012 :
The remainder of the original post has been removed for the time being as the story and its epilogue develop. For more information follow the links below and if you're curious, get in touch.

BBC News - The 'Iranian Schindler' who saved Jews from the Nazis

'In the Lion's Shadow' - Fariborz L. Mokhtari

'In the Lion's Shadow' - Reviews:

Monday, March 05, 2012


The builders next door have been making some improvements. Can't quite see what they've changed in the garden since I used to look after it for Irene. Perhaps your eagle eyes can spot the difference.



I bet the ground elder comes back though. 'Tis a persistent weed. Watch this space.