Comments

A record of everyone’s comments since the feature started on 14 June. To read a comment in full, click on that day’s blog title next to the name

  • Chris 23 Feb, 2021 at 10:01 pm on Before Oz was Oz …So pleased you’ve restarted the Marvels of Molyneux St series. And this really is marvellous - the age, beauty, and incredible clarity and prominence of...
  • DP 22 Feb, 2021 at 9:24 pm on Before Oz was Oz …Well, it certainly looks like it. Not sure about the description in P's example though, where it says there are 'decorative celestial models in the...
  • Ant 22 Feb, 2021 at 2:00 pm on Before Oz was Oz …Looks like Rigobert Bonne's map published 1787 - a few copies on ebay. There is avery similar map based on 45 degrees south whch seems...
  • P 22 Feb, 2021 at 12:58 pm on Before Oz was Oz …Is this the one? https://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/16888/mappe-monde-sur-un-plan-horisontal-situe-a-45d-de-latitude-bonne
  • Barbara Johnson 19 Feb, 2021 at 11:25 pm on Shooting for the stars …That just wonderful David hope you reach £15000
  • NC 19 Feb, 2021 at 5:18 pm on Back to EarthAlways with a Bump ! When I catch up with my mum. Mostly with laughter I hasten to add - she’s a great fan of...
  • Hooky Walker 18 Feb, 2021 at 4:01 pm on Shooting for the stars …Proof that courageous souls like you are good for charities! I was already contributing to another MNDA fund - in memory of a wonderful woman...
  • Janet 15 Feb, 2021 at 12:15 pm on Shooting for the stars …This is a great result so far and very heartening to see that the fund keeps growing. As we know, you and your blog have...
  • Camilla 14 Feb, 2021 at 12:38 pm on Time for a change!These are brilliant Dave!! XxXx
  • Christopher Rathbone 13 Feb, 2021 at 10:41 am on Time for a change!What a wonderful wacky set of photos! If you've got to use a wheelchair, you might as well pretend to have some fun with it....
  • Herman 12 Feb, 2021 at 2:08 pm on Time for a change!Great idea! I've just reestablished links with old friends in South Sudan. And Happy Chinese New Year!!!!
  • Chris 12 Feb, 2021 at 12:24 pm on Time for a change!Love this Dave! 🤪 X
  • Janet Keppie 12 Feb, 2021 at 11:50 am on Time for a change!This is such fun and so clever! A magnificent man in a flying machine comes to mind! I'm sure you're making everyone chuckle. Many congratulations...
  • Esme 11 Feb, 2021 at 6:43 pm on Time for a change!So you, sophisticated on the outside and mad as a hatter on the inside! Love it 😊.
  • Valerie 11 Feb, 2021 at 1:23 pm on Time for a change!Absolutely brilliant, to be able to live your fantasies through the use of new technology is beyond my imagination. Thank you for sharing. Hope you...
  • MERIEL 10 Feb, 2021 at 7:13 pm on Time for a change!I think you BOTH deserve a medal! Well done! Certainly brightens my day sitting looking out at the snow falling in Yorkshire!
  • Michael Crowe 10 Feb, 2021 at 3:44 pm on Time for a change!Nice to see you getting out and about...
  • Mike Barnes 10 Feb, 2021 at 1:42 pm on Time for a change!Brilliant pictures, Dave, and lively commentaries. How do you do it? Look forward to seeing you in the Tour of Britain! All the best!
  • Barbara Johnson 10 Feb, 2021 at 11:10 am on Time for a change!That just so wonderful xxx
  • Esme 8 Feb, 2021 at 12:40 pm on Going to bed with AliceI don’t know, one night stands and other goings on. It’s all happening at Molyneux Street! Makes our lockdown sound positively parochial! Oh and the...
  • Chris 7 Feb, 2021 at 6:48 pm on Going to bed with AliceHa, yes, before mine too! Somehow the Who the f*%# version entered my consciousness somewhere along the way.. Good point about Sally 🙂
  • Peter 6 Feb, 2021 at 6:48 pm on Going to bed with Alice'Les Intouchables' is a great film! Worth watching for any reason. I'm going to look it up again and watch it tonight. Watch it, David,...
  • Nick 6 Feb, 2021 at 9:27 am on Going to bed with AliceChris good song, thanks for bringing it to our attention, as a bit before my time ! Do we wonder, did Sally ever get a...
  • Mike 5 Feb, 2021 at 2:06 pm on Going to bed with AliceHi David, You following the arguments going on at the Wallace Collection? Mike https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/05/backlash-as-wallace-collection-considers-closing-library-to-public
  • Chris 4 Feb, 2021 at 9:24 pm on Going to bed with Alicehttps://youtu.be/Z6qnRS36EgE is correct first link - for what it’s worth!
  • Chris 4 Feb, 2021 at 8:20 pm on Going to bed with AliceHa, well done Dave! I very much doubt this would have made it into your Desert Island Discs, even if you’d met Alice 24 years...
  • Janet 4 Feb, 2021 at 5:57 pm on Going to bed with AliceI agree with Meriel, but Alice does sound an amazing lady! Do hope your one night stand provides helpful information for the hospital. Could you...
  • MERIEL 3 Feb, 2021 at 3:51 pm on Going to bed with AliceYou are very brave and very stoical! I couldn't for one moment imagine getting any sleep at all, with wires and "bits" strung around my...
  • Barbara Johnson 3 Feb, 2021 at 10:04 am on Text-to-voice, humdrumThat sound good
  • Esme 2 Feb, 2021 at 5:11 pm on Jab No. 1Glad to hear you 'jab' adventure went without a hitch. I've always thought you should try to turn everything you can into an adventure although...
  • Esme 2 Feb, 2021 at 4:58 pm on Text-to-voice, humdrumYep, definitely David coming through 🙂
  • Esme Bishop 2 Feb, 2021 at 4:55 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!Feel the same. Can definitely hear you in your 'new' voice, perfectly intelligible so I'd go with that but if you are really unhappy about...
  • Shonagh 2 Feb, 2021 at 12:52 pm on Jab No. 1Great to hear and see pics of your epic adventure, who would believe those of us with needle phobia are actually thrusting a naked arm...
  • Chris 31 Jan, 2021 at 7:41 pm on Jab No. 1Really glad you've had first jab, got new head support, and a successful day! Obviously nothing like your previous adventures or even trips to Lord's...
  • Barbara Johnson 30 Jan, 2021 at 11:52 pm on Jab No. 1So pleased you have had the jab and you are still very cheerful keep safe xx My love always Barbara xx
  • P 30 Jan, 2021 at 10:48 am on Jab No. 1Amanda Gorman's reading of her poem 'The hill we climb' was followed by an enormous surge of internet searches for the red hairband and yellow...
  • Janet 29 Jan, 2021 at 2:38 pm on Jab No. 1Am so glad you've had it! Typically, Dave, you've given us a vivid and amusing account and, as always, shown your great appreciation of the...
  • Mari 28 Jan, 2021 at 5:14 pm on Text-to-voice, humdrumIt's good to hear from you, Dave, and life doesn't sound that humdrum, rather eventful with all the practical issues... Hoping the jab went smoothly...
  • Valerie 28 Jan, 2021 at 1:36 pm on Text-to-voice, humdrumLovely to hear your voice David. Can perhaps understand why you appear not to be quite so happy, maybe it is a reminder to you...
  • MERIEL 28 Jan, 2021 at 8:50 am on Text-to-voice, humdrumYep! That'll do nicely! It sounds like you..... Well done! Big Hug coming your way, suitable distanced from Yorkshire, of course.
  • Sue 27 Jan, 2021 at 3:14 pm on Text-to-voice, humdrumDefinitely hear DP there! Hope you found it reasonably easier to operate.
  • Sue 25 Jan, 2021 at 5:03 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!Definitely YOU! It's Burns Night tonight - could it recite one of his?
  • Barbara 24 Jan, 2021 at 11:01 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!Please keep your own voice
  • DP 24 Jan, 2021 at 11:56 am on Speechless? Nonsense!Doh!
  • MERIEL 23 Jan, 2021 at 4:27 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!How fantastic is all that! I am totally amazed how good it all sounds. Yes, I agree it is lovely to her your own voice...
  • P 23 Jan, 2021 at 9:59 am on Speechless? Nonsense!I can't help but wonder what the other options are, you know, the ones you didn't put on the shortlist. Even cheap satellite navigation systems...
  • Ann M 22 Jan, 2021 at 12:45 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!Both Mike and I agree that your voice is perfectly fine even though it does not sound just like the Dave we know.
  • Janet 21 Jan, 2021 at 10:19 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!I agree with the others! l can hear you, too, and yours is certainly the nicest voice! x
  • Valerie 21 Jan, 2021 at 9:22 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!My preference would be to keep your own voice please David. However, if you feel happier then Daniel would get my vote.
  • Nancy 21 Jan, 2021 at 5:16 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!What amazing technology! At least we Americans have something to be proud of. Definitely keep your own voice; it's very understandable and clear. This reminds...
  • Chris 21 Jan, 2021 at 1:13 pm on Speechless? Nonsense!Hi Dave. I agree with Ant - DP voice v intelligible in this, and can definitely recognise it as you! Good to keep your individual...
  • Ant 21 Jan, 2021 at 9:47 am on Speechless? Nonsense!The Peace dulcet tones are still there and perfectly intelligible despite the mashing, but if you want a change then it's Arthur for me. Hawking's...
  • Esme Bishop 19 Jan, 2021 at 3:30 pm on Night Invaders ….Many moons ago, probably back in 1974, I was in Pakistan staying with a friends whose father was in the diplomatic service and had been...
  • Gardner 19 Jan, 2021 at 9:33 am on Night Invaders ….With a group from Southwark Cathedral in Zimbabwe in 2014. Anticipated accommodation full - 'no room at the inn' - so we found ourselves in...
  • Meriel Best 18 Jan, 2021 at 9:42 am on Night Invaders ….Coincidentally, one night, also in Saudi Arabia, I was wakened by by my cat doing acrobatics on my bed. I awoke to find a huge...
  • David Peace 17 Jan, 2021 at 1:26 pm on Floors and naughtinessI think Peter Sellers used it, Denis, when parodying some self-important politician, but whether he was the first I know not.
  • P 17 Jan, 2021 at 10:19 am on Night Invaders ….I was asleep one night in Saudi Arabia and awoke itching in various places. I thought this was a bit odd so I got up...
  • Denis Williamson 17 Jan, 2021 at 2:14 am on Floors and naughtiness"But wait, I hear you cry" - my goodness, was that a quote dragged up from a boyhood memory, or am romanticising? I thought immediately...
  • David Peace 12 Jan, 2021 at 12:50 pm on ‘In Memoriam’ …. how?This is me, DP himself. Thank you Chris. Extraordinary! No idea my old college had included it in its carol service. Alfred Lord T would...
  • Chris Keppie 11 Jan, 2021 at 11:23 pm on ‘In Memoriam’ …. how?Such an apt and amazing piece. And amazing memory (even with help of google) to recall it. But here’s another amazing thing: through a chance...
  • Esme 11 Jan, 2021 at 2:33 pm on Alarm bells?I too have been watching with horror at the events in Washington although like many I was not altogether surprised. As the saying goes 'All...
  • Esme Bishop 11 Jan, 2021 at 2:05 pm on What a year!It really was so so lovely to see and hear you and in spite of what you might think you shine through it all, challenged...
  • Esme B 11 Jan, 2021 at 1:34 pm on DID-8I laughed hysterically at this. The musicians and the singer are just as you expect them to be, formal and serious and then this sound...
  • Esme Bishop 11 Jan, 2021 at 1:25 pm on DID-7A stunningly beautiful piece. I came across again some years ago while watching the film 'Master and Commander' do evocative. Thanks David for reminding me....
  • Nancy 9 Jan, 2021 at 2:31 pm on Alarm bells?You're so right, David. Our American Founders warned us that constant vigilance is required to protect our democracy, but many people have become complacent. A...
  • Sara Elizabeth Rolls 6 Jan, 2021 at 10:17 am on Hopes …..A beautiful poem, moving and uplifting sentiments. Good luck to the world for 2021.
  • Geoff 5 Jan, 2021 at 4:28 pm on ‘In Memoriam’ …. how?You could not have chosen a more appropriate poem to capture not only Tennyson’s mood, but the relevance of, as you sa, to today. I’ve...
  • Christopher Rathbone 4 Jan, 2021 at 4:40 pm on ‘In Memoriam’ …. how?Thanks for your lovely Christmas video, and thoughts about New Year - you're right, Tennyson got it just perfectly. Yesterday 5 valiant members of my...
  • Christopher Rathbone 4 Jan, 2021 at 3:36 pm on DID-6If you've got en chamade trumpets why not flaunt them! One of the Assistant Chaplains I worked with at Marlborough insisted I played the Boellmann...
  • Janet Keppie 1 Jan, 2021 at 8:27 pm on Hopes …..And Tennyson wrote this when he was in the throes of personal loss and grief, didn't he. As you say, Dave, there is a great...
  • Shonagh 26 Dec, 2020 at 5:00 pm on What a year!Hi David, that was so wonderful to see you and you look wonderful as always. You are an inspiration to us all. Great video and...
  • Barbara Johnson 24 Dec, 2020 at 5:15 pm on What a year!Dear David, it's wonderful to see you on the blog our thought are with you and hope the new year will be better for everyone...
  • Caroline Piper 24 Dec, 2020 at 10:27 am on What a year!Great to see you David, still looking dapper! The tree doesn't look bad either. Merry Christmas and much love, Caroline
  • Tom Balmer 24 Dec, 2020 at 8:34 am on What a year!Great to see you DP, shall miss the blog over Christmas but look forward to its return in 2021. Keep up the great work and...
  • Camilla 24 Dec, 2020 at 7:48 am on What a year!Amazing to see you Dave, and wonderful to see / hear your message. So uplifting and positive at this time, thank you so much, and...
  • Janet 23 Dec, 2020 at 8:24 pm on DID final …I've loved reading about and listening to your choices. Some probably known to your readers but others a delightful introduction. Such a good idea, Nick!...
  • Anna and David 23 Dec, 2020 at 6:13 pm on What a year!Let’s hope next year is better for everyone and more importantly it’s it’s not too difficult for you. Our thoughts are with you and I’m...
  • Janet 23 Dec, 2020 at 5:45 pm on What a year!I agree, wholeheartedly, with Chris. Your courage, resilience and humour must be the biggest inspiration to us all this Christmas. It's tremendous to read that...
  • Chris 23 Dec, 2020 at 1:46 pm on What a year!So good to see and hear you Dave. Thank you for this video - and to the wonderful Tim too! It’s been an annus horribilis...
  • Connie Ikert 23 Dec, 2020 at 2:33 am on DID final …A Golden Retriever. A Golden Retriever is a dog. A dog is a Golden Retriever.
  • NCC 21 Dec, 2020 at 6:06 pm on DID final …David, congratulations. You’ve spun the discs out long enough even to give us a ninth entry with your favourite track, a book and a luxury....
  • MERIEL BEST 21 Dec, 2020 at 5:04 pm on DID final …NO hesitation with the suggestion of a springer spaniel..... friendly, googley deep brown eyes, floppy ears, full of energy, loving companion, ready to do anything...
  • Michael 19 Dec, 2020 at 7:40 pm on DID-8As a stranger in a strange land, one of the elements I’ve come to love about the UK is their willingness to embrace silliness.
  • Ann M 19 Dec, 2020 at 10:01 am on DID-8Dave, you are so right about laughter. Your blogs have been shot through with your wonderful humour, sometimes making me smile, sometimes laugh out loud....
  • Chris 17 Dec, 2020 at 10:25 am on DID-8🙂
  • Herman 16 Dec, 2020 at 1:39 pm on DID-7Dear David, Here is a very special Christmas message from you to us 24 years ago and now from us to you and to all...
  • Barbara Johnson 15 Dec, 2020 at 12:06 am on DID-7Wonderful keeping listening to it
  • Chris 14 Dec, 2020 at 9:06 pm on DID-7Was also hoping this would be brought to your island.. Remember you speaking about it when we were thinking about music for Dad/Malcolm's funeral, and...
  • Janet 13 Dec, 2020 at 5:16 pm on DID-7I am so pleased you chose this - it was always one of Malc's favourites too. Lovely to think of you both enjoying, it all...
  • Tony Watts 10 Dec, 2020 at 3:17 pm on State of PlayThank you for all this detail, David: it is so important that we know all this, terrible as it is.
  • Janet 10 Dec, 2020 at 3:01 pm on It must be stopped ….We can't all run seven marathons in seven days! But this gives us a chance to do something for research and for you x
  • Camilla 10 Dec, 2020 at 12:42 pm on It must be stopped ….Such a great idea, and thank you Tony for setting this up. We all want to help in any way we can xxxx
  • Chris 9 Dec, 2020 at 10:35 pm on It must be stopped ….PS (as can't edit these, and I seem to post here at night when tired!) - 'forever' only until research has found cure, and no...
  • Chris Keppie 9 Dec, 2020 at 10:30 pm on It must be stopped ….Thank you Dave, and Tony, for this. Have just set up a direct debit - little and often forever! Really easy to do.
  • MERIEL BEST 9 Dec, 2020 at 4:58 pm on It must be stopped ….FABULOUS IDEA , David, and I am sure the fund will get enormous support. We all feel so helpless knowing the challenge you face; it...
  • Barbara Johnson 8 Dec, 2020 at 11:36 pm on State of PlayThank you for all the information and I just hope you will soon feel a little stronger. My thoughts are with you and my prayers....
  • Janet 8 Dec, 2020 at 8:27 pm on State of PlayThank you, dear Dave, for sharing this so bravely and openly with us. I'm sure it was tiring and hard to write. Very hard for...
  • Ann M 8 Dec, 2020 at 9:29 am on State of PlayA U oo Ay o aw a
  • Chris 6 Dec, 2020 at 11:34 pm on DID-6... https://youtu.be/y3AiGw8mkq0
  • Chris 6 Dec, 2020 at 11:33 pm on DID-6Sorry, me again! Talking of sound + visuals... Have just stumbled across this YouTube of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in a way...
  • Chris 6 Dec, 2020 at 10:50 pm on DID-6Wow again! Amazing video about Macy’s. And yep, your disc awesome in both visuals and sound... Thanks Dave and Tim. So many memories of Dad...
  • MERIEL BEST 5 Dec, 2020 at 6:37 pm on DID-6Wherever in the world you go to live, if you can play an organ you will be welcomed with open arms!! I have amazing memories...
  • Lesley 4 Dec, 2020 at 9:36 pm on DID-6Many happy hours in organ lofts of various and sundry places I too did spend!
  • Esme Bishop 3 Dec, 2020 at 7:15 pm on DID-4A stunning piece. I unfortunately did not inherit my father's wonderful voice. Both Paul and I could not sing if our life depended on it...
  • Esme 3 Dec, 2020 at 7:07 pm on DID-3A stunningly beautiful piece. I think I first heard it at the 3 choirs festival when I was still at school. Haunting but full of...
  • Herman 2 Dec, 2020 at 11:06 pm on DID-5We must mention your animated recorder performance of Scott Joplin's Entertainer! In Saudi Arabia. What glorious ragtime!
  • Christopher Rathbone 2 Dec, 2020 at 9:10 pm on DID-5Reminds me of when I had to teach recorder classes when I was in Carlisle: the cathedral paid me peanuts to sing or play for...
  • Chris 30 Nov, 2020 at 10:34 pm on DID-3Wow, quite something for a 17 year old... I’m sorry to say I didn’t know it at all. Have read up on Wikipedia and now...
  • Nancy 30 Nov, 2020 at 1:34 pm on DID-5The wonderful thing about the recorder is that it's so portable, and you only need three other people to make some very nice music. Also,...
  • MERIEL BEST 27 Nov, 2020 at 4:36 pm on DID-4A most wonderful piece of music and truly awe inspiring. Perfect for you to lie and listen to under your palm tree! I have sung...
  • Barbara Johnson 26 Nov, 2020 at 2:33 pm on News from a friendI am sure you will be a great help to one another Was lovely to hear from you the other day in my thought and...
  • Janet 25 Nov, 2020 at 5:00 pm on News from a friendAm so sorry about Linda. As Meriel says, you will surely inspire her, as well as giving her some very fascinating reading. I do hope...
  • Christopher 25 Nov, 2020 at 12:09 pm on DID-3It makes me cry, too, David, even when I play the Herbert Brewer arrangement of the Angel's Farewell at the end of funerals, which I...
  • MERIEL BEST 24 Nov, 2020 at 5:18 pm on News from a friendYou will give her such hope and inspiration.......what an amazing chance! Thinking of you every day, and now Linda too.
  • Tony Watts 23 Nov, 2020 at 8:30 pm on DID-3So glad to find that you share so many of my feelings on this great work, David. I go to any performance I can, and...
  • Caroline Clark 22 Nov, 2020 at 8:57 am on DID-3I think the first time I sang Dream of Gerontious was with you and the London Choral Society, David, and it was a tremendous experience....
  • Geoff 21 Nov, 2020 at 10:57 pm on DID-3Lovely to hear your reactions to Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. It’s not a work I know well but I recognise the sentiments that music can...
  • Janet 20 Nov, 2020 at 5:43 pm on DID-3A great third choice - and many years ago you introduced us, too, to the wonderful Janet Baker!
  • Keith Cocker 20 Nov, 2020 at 1:23 pm on DID-3Its a very special piece David and thanks for sharing your memory of your school performance! John Pearly-Shirt indeed!!! He was a wonderful singer. The...
  • Lesley 20 Nov, 2020 at 12:41 pm on DID-3As you say not the most cheerful piece. I think it went over my head all those years ago but then I was sooo much...
  • Connie 20 Nov, 2020 at 4:15 am on HomeYou continue to amaze us, David! Rest well, and know that we are all thinking of you, sending our prayers, and drinking plenty of bubbles...
  • Keith Cocker 19 Nov, 2020 at 10:55 am on HomeDulce Domum. Nothing better! Well done David.
  • Esme 18 Nov, 2020 at 10:50 pm on HomeGreat news and so glad you had someone to help you settle back in, you must be exhausted. Time to rest and let your body...
  • Barbara Johnson 18 Nov, 2020 at 3:25 pm on HomeWell done so please you are back home and that you had a friend to help you keep safe think of you and saying a...
  • Shonagh 18 Nov, 2020 at 2:40 pm on HomeWell done David I’m glad to hear you are home and settled. Much love as always
  • Chris 17 Nov, 2020 at 10:02 pm on HomeSo pleased you’re back home with music, kammavaca, quiet! Well done, sir, on your epic journey indeed. Take it eaaaassssy 🙃 x
  • David Peace 17 Nov, 2020 at 10:46 am on HomeOh dear. I’m breaking my rule of not engaging in these Comments. Thank you Nick, old pal. Kind of you to write. Great to have...
  • Nick Cook 17 Nov, 2020 at 9:05 am on HomeWell done David, an epic journey, and you’re reinstated in your home in time for your Birthday at the weekend. Congratulations again to the NHS...
  • Mari Brothers 16 Nov, 2020 at 10:59 am on Surprise!Such good news, Dave, after everything you've been through. Enjoy the rest when you make it home. All the very best, Mari x
  • Esme 16 Nov, 2020 at 12:24 am on Surprise!🍾🥂Here’s to you from all of us. Oh and here’s your 🥇medal - you deserve it.
  • Esme 16 Nov, 2020 at 12:15 am on The new toy ….Sorry for the delay, I wrote earlier but was distracted by Mum and forgot to press send! So very pleased the op went according to...
  • Barbara Johnson 15 Nov, 2020 at 10:35 pm on Surprise!So please you are recovering well our praises have been answered hope to hear from you soon Barbara and all the Fisher family xxx
  • Christopher Rathbone 15 Nov, 2020 at 10:09 pm on The new toy ….It was worth all the prayers - it sounds as if you had quite a few pray-ers rooting for you. On the day we had...
  • Christopher Rathbone 15 Nov, 2020 at 9:53 pm on DID – 1What a lovely choice. We watched a lovely performance of the Requiem on the TV last night (14.xi) from the Coliseum, which was very moving,...
  • Caroline Thompson 15 Nov, 2020 at 4:58 pm on Surprise!Such very good news Dave. Look forward to reading more of your blog soon. Caroline
  • Sue 15 Nov, 2020 at 1:40 pm on Surprise!Thank God or goodness, as preferred! What a story and what quality writing. Perhaps we will have a glass of bubbly on your behalf. Hope...
  • Ann M 15 Nov, 2020 at 12:40 pm on Surprise!Dave, It occurs to me that, largely through the blog, you have made this a really interesting period in your life, a time that could...
  • David Hughes 15 Nov, 2020 at 9:09 am on The new toy ….Fantastic news David. So relieved
  • Barbara Johnson 14 Nov, 2020 at 10:50 pm on The new toy ….So pleased to hear the good news was praying for you all-day hope you will soon be home and back to so normality Love Barbara...
  • Peter 14 Nov, 2020 at 6:39 pm on The new toy ….Fantastic! God save the NHS ('cos this bloody government won't)! That's such great news, David. You must be so relieved. I'm opening the champagne at...
  • Keith Cocker 14 Nov, 2020 at 5:14 pm on The new toy ….David, great news. E & I are so pleased to hear all went well.
  • Nancy Hill 14 Nov, 2020 at 2:39 pm on The new toy ….You're marvelous, and I'm sure the medical staff have been happy to have such a balanced, witty, and grateful patient! All the best.
  • Shonagh 14 Nov, 2020 at 2:37 pm on The new toy ….Great to see your positive blog, prayers answer for now! I’m so glad it worked out and you are able to smile. We are all...
  • Michael 14 Nov, 2020 at 2:35 pm on The new toy ….Brilliant news...let me see if I can find some experimental Champagne.
  • Valerie Vines 14 Nov, 2020 at 1:17 pm on The new toy ….Wonderful news, must be such a relief for you, no doubt all your Specialists will breathe more easily too. Hopefully you will be more comfortable...
  • Libby Rolls 14 Nov, 2020 at 12:50 pm on The new toy ….Brilliant news.. Good old NHS especially in lockdown times.. Friday 13th not so bad then... Good luck David.
  • Kelvin 14 Nov, 2020 at 11:44 am on The new toy ….All of your blog readets were willing it to be a success and it was! Well done. Your Cats magazine awaits you.
  • Janet 14 Nov, 2020 at 11:00 am on The new toy ….Such great news!! And such relief felt by everyone, I'm sure. Huge admiration for you, as well as well as the NHS, for your constant...
  • Geoff 14 Nov, 2020 at 10:39 am on The new toy ….Bravissimo! You’ve come through the toughest physical experiences and still emerge with the ability to write clearly, dispassionately and, dare I say it, entertainingly, about...
  • Ann Bell 14 Nov, 2020 at 9:42 am on The new toy ….Hooray! Love from Ann Bell
  • MERIEL 14 Nov, 2020 at 9:36 am on The new toy ….So pleased David! Well done, and good luck with the PEG. ( Not sure you will be able to taste the champagne, but what the...
  • Nigel Hess 13 Nov, 2020 at 8:46 pm on DID-2Hope all went well today, David - Lisa and I are sending you several truckloads of good wishes and positive vibes.
  • Herman 13 Nov, 2020 at 8:36 pm on DID-2Love that Sweet Caroline!
  • Nick Cook 13 Nov, 2020 at 1:14 pm on DID-2Trust you have your pyjamas on again !!! ( September 15th - Tales Of The Unexpected) Wishing you all the very best - Good luck...
  • Ann 13 Nov, 2020 at 9:44 am on DID-2This morning I was wondering Dave if you were already in the operation so it is good to know exactly when it is to happen....
  • Barbara Johnson 12 Nov, 2020 at 11:29 pm on Finding the singers ….Think of you and pray all goes well my love always
  • Camilla 12 Nov, 2020 at 2:31 pm on DID – 1Such a beautiful piece Dave, and I love this story! xxx
  • MERIEL 12 Nov, 2020 at 9:20 am on Finding the singers ….What a great code "word"... ingenious! and instantly recognisable by musicians. Maybe they can play some lovely choral music in the background while you are...
  • Sue W 10 Nov, 2020 at 4:22 pm on DID – 1As above. A lovely choice. In my thoughts tomorrow and thereafter
  • Mari Brothers 10 Nov, 2020 at 11:28 am on DID – 1Thanks Dave, for the beautiful music. And great to read your memories. Wishing you all the very best now for the op and beyond...
  • Mike B 9 Nov, 2020 at 9:33 pm on DID – 1Thanks, Dave: the Mozart Requiem is one of my favourites and it was lovely to hear the Benedictus again.
  • Janet 9 Nov, 2020 at 9:02 pm on DID – 1Wonderful! It made my day to hear this and read your story. Thank you! x
  • Jordan 9 Nov, 2020 at 8:44 pm on DID – 1I have so many happy memories (as I slowly slid down through all the voice types) of singing next to you in rehearsals and concerts,...
  • Janet 9 Nov, 2020 at 4:01 pm on DID – 1Wonderful! It's made my day to hear this and read your story. Thank you! x
  • Esme Bishop 9 Nov, 2020 at 3:18 pm on DID – 1A stunningly beautiful piece.
  • MERIEL 9 Nov, 2020 at 2:48 pm on DID – 1I remember it well too.... what a wonderful blessing to be able to make music in such a challenging environment. I still have my old...
  • Nancy 9 Nov, 2020 at 1:07 pm on DID – 1I remember that Musical Evening very well. It was actually 1983, my last concert in Arabia; I left two days later to try (unsuccessfully) to...
  • Nancy 7 Nov, 2020 at 9:41 pm on Those challenges: and so ….?Challenge number one - huge sigh of relief. The system held up under fire, and enough Americans refused to identify with Trump's bigotry and xenophobia....
  • Janet 7 Nov, 2020 at 8:50 pm on Those challenges: and so ….?Well, now we have great positive news on challenge number one! And am so pleased that you are agreeing to challenge number three. I'm sure...
  • Keith Cocker 4 Nov, 2020 at 12:11 pm on Challenges ….“ How would you make those choices?” 8 Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as my Religious work The Woodlanders...
  • Herman 1 Nov, 2020 at 11:20 pm on Locks and Plots ….I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
  • Chris 1 Nov, 2020 at 8:48 pm on Locks and Plots ….Excellent question! ...
  • Nick C 1 Nov, 2020 at 12:49 pm on Locks and Plots ….David, you wrote about Baroness Trumpington. Janet, you referred to her on Desert Island Discs. David, you often say you enjoy being alone, so I...
  • Esme Bishop 31 Oct, 2020 at 5:29 pm on A nice little article …. and moreSo so please you have a date. We will all being collectively crossing our fingers, arms, legs etc for you.
  • Barbara johnson 31 Oct, 2020 at 8:06 am on A nice little article …. and moreThinking of you so pleased you have a date love. always Barbara
  • Valerie Vines 30 Oct, 2020 at 3:20 pm on A nice little article …. and moreSo pleased to hear you’ve now got another date, trust this time all will go well this time so your present difficulties will be a...
  • David Hughes 30 Oct, 2020 at 3:11 pm on A nice little article …. and moreDavid, great news about the op dates. All the very best for completion this time.
  • Caroline Thompson 30 Oct, 2020 at 10:15 am on A nice little article …. and moreEvery good luck for the 13th Dave. Hope this time it all goes really well.
  • Barbara Johnson 29 Oct, 2020 at 7:38 pm on A nice little article …. and moreSo please you have a date and hope all goes well think of you each day and enjoying your blog xx
  • Geoff 29 Oct, 2020 at 6:50 pm on A nice little article …. and moreExcellent news about the date for the op old son. We’ll soon see you back home with a vastly improved eating system. British public life...
  • Janet 29 Oct, 2020 at 4:33 pm on A nice little article …. and moreSO pleased with the news! And very relieved for you, Thank you, as ever, for the update. I've just googled Baroness Trumpington. What a fascinating...
  • Chris 29 Oct, 2020 at 9:45 am on A nice little article …. and moreLove today’s piece.. A bit surprised that such a feisty character didn’t go for Lady Six Mile Bottom! Shame. Brilliant news about Friday 13th. Lucky...
  • Ann 28 Oct, 2020 at 1:41 pm on Froth and bubble ….Yes, it is always fun to think of what it might be like to have been born at another time, but, given your familiarity with...
  • Ann 28 Oct, 2020 at 9:11 am on No news ….Thanks for giving us the update, even if it is ‘no news’.
  • Shonagh 26 Oct, 2020 at 4:50 pm on Froth and bubble ….Thank you David for those eight lines they work for me too. I’m glad to hear there is some movement re the PEG let’s hope...
  • Valerie 26 Oct, 2020 at 10:46 am on Froth and bubble ….Good morning David. It’s good to know things are progressing, fingers crossed and also lots of good wishes for a date really soon. You’re absolutely...
  • Janet 25 Oct, 2020 at 6:15 pm on To reassure ….I feel reassured - mostly, of course, by your continuing positivity and strength of character. But, as well as all the nearby medical help it...
  • Chris 23 Oct, 2020 at 10:15 pm on KammavacaHi Pedro Sorry for slow reply. Just to reiterate, he can’t actually read this text, but is clearly more expert than anyone else I’ve found!...
  • Chris 23 Oct, 2020 at 10:08 pm on From me to you ….Ditto to all other comments. Oddly, I’ve found this blog has made this generally challenging year very much more bearable and even positive! Obviously the...
  • Mari Brothers 23 Oct, 2020 at 5:17 pm on From me to you ….Finally catching up with the blog, after an absence on retreat, and could hardly believe what you've been through Dave, and still kept your spirits...
  • Shonagh 23 Oct, 2020 at 1:42 pm on From me to you ….A few short words, ‘hang in there ‘ and thinking of you every day with lots of love as always. Shonagh and Family xx
  • Ann Bell 23 Oct, 2020 at 11:29 am on From me to you ….Dear David, We are the ones who should be thanking you for your amazing blogs! Lots of love from Ann Bell
  • Peter W Naylor 23 Oct, 2020 at 11:22 am on From me to you ….Viewing it positively, as befits you, half of Britain is becoming obese and you're getting a free, as it were, gastric band! What's not to...
  • Nick and Rhona 23 Oct, 2020 at 10:19 am on From me to you ….We don't always comment, David, but that's only because it's difficult to find the words to express our admiration for your courage in dealing with...
  • Ann 22 Oct, 2020 at 6:56 pm on Just a matter of time ….No wonder you were exhausted after all you had been through. You reminded me of the time, many years ago, when chronic fatigue first hit...
  • Libby Rolls 22 Oct, 2020 at 10:35 am on Just a matter of time ….As ever, huge admiration for your fortitude. Good luck Dave. Thinking of you Libby R
  • Barbara Johnson 21 Oct, 2020 at 3:36 pm on Just a matter of time ….Hi David what trauma just wish we could help you more and we live near thinking of you each day love from all the Family...
  • Nancy 21 Oct, 2020 at 2:24 pm on Just a matter of time ….Dear David, Bertie Wooster often quoted snippets of Shakespeare (many that he picked up from Jeeves), one of his favorites being, "Sleep that knits up...
  • Valerie Vines 21 Oct, 2020 at 1:35 pm on Just a matter of time ….Hello David. Fully understand how the traumas of recent weeks have taken a toll on your energy, exacerbated by the difficulties of not getting sufficient...
  • Camilla 21 Oct, 2020 at 12:37 pm on Just a matter of time ….Dave, you are amazing to even muster the energy to write this, sounding so calm and explaining it all to us so well. I’m not...
  • Esme 20 Oct, 2020 at 10:09 am on Decision, of sorts …..So very sorry to hear about the delay after all you've been through the last few days. Personally I think they should open up the...
  • Nick and Rhona 19 Oct, 2020 at 1:23 pm on Decision, of sorts …..Hope you are as comfortable as possible at home. We agree with Sue: you are an absolutely brilliant example to us all. Wishing you well,...
  • Barbara johnson 18 Oct, 2020 at 11:46 pm on Decision, of sorts …..Pleased to hear you are home safe wish l live near so l could offer some help thinking of you everyday XXX
  • Barbara Johnson 18 Oct, 2020 at 11:40 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Hi, David, so sorry to hear that yet again you have to wait l hope it will be sorted soonxxx
  • Barbara Johnson 18 Oct, 2020 at 11:23 pm on Limbo x 2 ……Hope they agree to do it soon
  • Barbara Johnson 18 Oct, 2020 at 11:17 pm on Limbo …I am thinking of you all the time and hoping things get better soon love always Barbara xxxxxx
  • sue 18 Oct, 2020 at 1:40 pm on Decision, of sorts …..Hope home is the haven it should be and you are getting the TLC you deserve. The Blog should be compulsory reading for all those...
  • David Hughes 18 Oct, 2020 at 10:08 am on Decision, of sorts …..David, how intensely frustrating for you - let's hope they come up with a date fast. In the meantime stay strong and sending you all...
  • Esme 17 Oct, 2020 at 8:30 pm on Can you believe it …. ?You really couldn't make this up. So sorry you are having to go through all this trauma with no result at the end. Couldn't the...
  • Esme 17 Oct, 2020 at 8:14 pm on Art?I totally understand why you are so attached to this piece. On our travels David and I struggle, even in the remotest of places, to...
  • Esme 17 Oct, 2020 at 8:01 pm on Victim or Invictus?Sorry I am only just catching up on your blogs but Janet has said it so well that I have nothing to add save my...
  • Meriel 17 Oct, 2020 at 5:47 pm on Decision, of sorts …..Am so sorry that you will have to wait for the surgery. Meantime, keep getting the nutrition in somehow.....I hope you have some special people...
  • Mrs Valerie Vines 17 Oct, 2020 at 5:40 pm on Decision, of sorts …..Well David, you must be glad to get back home though no doubt disappointed with the way things turned out. With so many friends sending...
  • Bethany 17 Oct, 2020 at 5:39 pm on Decision, of sorts …..I'm glad you are back at home. Thinking of you with much love, Bethany
  • Camilla 16 Oct, 2020 at 1:03 pm on Limbo x 2 ……Seriously hope they can schedule in a time for the PEG op to go ahead ASAP Dave, and that you are comfortable until then. You...
  • Janet 16 Oct, 2020 at 10:51 am on Limbo x 2 ……I'm sure the medics are recognising that you are pretty special in all ways! So glad that they, and you, have made the decision to...
  • Chris 16 Oct, 2020 at 10:46 am on Limbo x 2 ……bellum bellum bellum belli bello bello... thanks for another reminder of Dad on here! And go for the diazepam - could help your celeb fame...
  • Camilla 15 Oct, 2020 at 7:50 pm on Limbo …Sending our love across London Dave. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and your strength and stoicism are incredible. Sleep well tonight xxxxxx
  • Jordan Bell 15 Oct, 2020 at 5:54 pm on Limbo …I am sending you my very best wishes, David. With much love from Jordan
  • Chris 15 Oct, 2020 at 2:11 pm on Limbo …Ach Dave. Thank you for sparing the energy to write this all out so clearly, as always. Heartily hoping for, erm, an appropriately shaped hole...
  • Lynn Yambao 15 Oct, 2020 at 1:51 pm on Limbo …Dear David, As you know we send you all our love and lots of hugs. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Shonagh 15 Oct, 2020 at 12:09 pm on Limbo …What can anyone say David, this is your mountain to climb, except me and so many others are wishing we could share these decisions and...
  • Shonagh 15 Oct, 2020 at 12:03 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Crikey, only you could be so special as you always are, thinking about you every day and wondering where you get your strength my friend....
  • Keith Cocker 15 Oct, 2020 at 8:22 am on Can you believe it …. ?Well, that must be the first thing to my knowledge that you haven’t had the stomach for!!😳 Seriously, so sorry to hear the news and...
  • MERIEL 14 Oct, 2020 at 8:02 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Yes, but where are your lungs now? !!!!
  • Jane 14 Oct, 2020 at 6:32 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Speechless - rare with me! Very best wishes from us all at Number 32. And David, you are a natural writer - you've discovered yet...
  • Mrs Valerie Vines 14 Oct, 2020 at 6:02 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Oh dear David, almost unbelievable. Thankfully your humour shows through so really hoping the third attempt will be able to take place without further delay...
  • Carole 14 Oct, 2020 at 5:15 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Dear David - devastated to hear news. Hope the next thing works. Lots of love, Carole x
  • MERIEL BEST 14 Oct, 2020 at 3:35 pm on Can you believe it …. ?As Nancy said, and as my choir can sing to you (and maybe make you smile in the midst of all your difficulties). https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=So2PfGq7JMA Big...
  • Nancy 14 Oct, 2020 at 2:21 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Dear David, Wow - what a time you're having. May God 'keep you in the palm of his hand' through all this. Love, Nancy
  • Lynn Yambao 14 Oct, 2020 at 1:01 pm on Can you believe it …. ?Hello David, Well I am almost speechless which does happen very often. Of course we send lots of love to you. You are in our...
  • Judith Horam 14 Oct, 2020 at 11:11 am on Can you believe it …. ?Hi David I always knew that you were special, but hadn't realised that bits of you are in the wrong places. At least your brain...
  • Dave Hughes 13 Oct, 2020 at 7:57 am on Off we go …All the very best David
  • Sandra Luke 13 Oct, 2020 at 4:44 am on Off we go …Sending you best wishes from Adelaide in South Australia.
  • Barbara Johnson 12 Oct, 2020 at 11:25 pm on Off we go …Think of you hope all goes well xxxx Barbara and Reg
  • Kelvin 12 Oct, 2020 at 10:41 pm on Off we go …All the best David.
  • Valerie Vines 12 Oct, 2020 at 1:35 pm on Off we go …Thinking of you David. Hope all goes well this time and that life will be more pleasant when you get home to yet another new...
  • Pedro 11 Oct, 2020 at 7:22 pm on KammavacaDear Chris Would you mind sharing the contact? I have also been searching for someone who could read the text. Amazing how you found one!...
  • Herman 11 Oct, 2020 at 2:42 pm on Art?Years ago I got Ann a Christmas present. We didn’t know what it was until we paid a lingering visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum...
  • Barbara Johnson 9 Oct, 2020 at 11:21 pm on Day Trip …Finger cross you are ok thinking of you xxx
  • Michael 9 Oct, 2020 at 10:18 pm on Day Trip …I wouldn’t put it past you to change the narrative even at this late date. Trust & hope for a negative result from this excursion....
  • Pedro 9 Oct, 2020 at 6:03 pm on Day Trip …Hi Chances are that you are NOT positive. If there are no symptoms in a person of your age, then the probability of being positive...
  • Meriel Best 9 Oct, 2020 at 5:25 pm on Hello!I'm sure a glass of wine has some nutrition as well........make it special! Thinking of you every day, in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck...
  • Barbara Johnson 8 Oct, 2020 at 10:32 pm on Hello!Thank for the info how did you get on today xx
  • Herman 5 Oct, 2020 at 3:58 pm on Victim or Invictus?Another late Victorian poem, Crossing the Bar, was a favourite of my father's.
  • Keith Cocker 5 Oct, 2020 at 1:49 pm on Victim or Invictus?Now David! I know you have many admiring fans and you have held the title of President but don't you go driving about in a...
  • Janet 4 Oct, 2020 at 3:32 pm on Victim or Invictus?Dave, you give us, your readers, so much in your writing. Your wisdom, acceptance and spirit, make me , and I'm sure many others, so...
  • P 4 Oct, 2020 at 9:20 am on Onwards ….I recall something about the witch telling you to soak the crystal in brine sometimes, to recharge its powers. And maybe moonlight was involved too....
  • Keith Cocker 2 Oct, 2020 at 7:53 am on Day trips, liquid lunches ….I hope all goes according to plan this time David. E & I will be thinking of you. Re Nancy’s point, I hope you get...
  • Nancy 1 Oct, 2020 at 3:41 am on Day trips, liquid lunches ….You're amazing! I so admire your courage and fortitude. When I was 8, I had pneumonia, and they tried to put a tube down my...
  • Barbara johnson 30 Sep, 2020 at 7:32 pm on Day trips, liquid lunches ….So pleased you have a date will be thinking of you and saying a prayer for you my love always Barbara
  • Janet 30 Sep, 2020 at 4:14 pm on Day trips, liquid lunches ….The NHS is pretty amazing, isn't it, especially when caring for those who most need it. Malc was always very impressed and am so glad...
  • Caroline Thompson 30 Sep, 2020 at 9:26 am on Day trips, liquid lunches ….Good luck on the 12th, Dave. Thinking of you. Caroline
  • Dave Hughes 30 Sep, 2020 at 8:27 am on Day trips, liquid lunches ….David, all the very best for this next step. Thinking positive thoughts for you.
  • Peter W Naylor 28 Sep, 2020 at 12:10 pm on Onwards ….It's one of the poems I know off by heart, as did Mandela. One worth keeping in the brain, I think.
  • Chris 23 Sep, 2020 at 8:09 pm on The Sound of Silence ……Lovely piece. Lovely epilogue... Viva l'aspidistra! Not forgetting the eagle too 🙂 PS - so glad that room encouraged your reading, and the comfort you...
  • Herman 23 Sep, 2020 at 12:18 pm on The Sound of Silence ……Three cheers for 140 years!
  • David Peace 23 Sep, 2020 at 10:43 am on The Sound of Silence ……I always said I'd read these Comments but wouldn't get involved in replying to them. On this occasion however, I think I must say something....
  • P 23 Sep, 2020 at 10:30 am on The Sound of Silence ……You will remember I'm sure that some time ago (20 years? 25?) you felt the aspidistra was getting a bit big and needed splitting. You...
  • Barbara Johnson 21 Sep, 2020 at 11:43 pm on Onwards ….I would rub the stone each day Thinking of you and our always in my prays
  • Janet 21 Sep, 2020 at 7:01 pm on Onwards ….Happy cottage memories and of Kath T - but not the white witch! The poem is another gem in Other Men's Flowers, isn't it. Do...
  • Michael 21 Sep, 2020 at 9:17 am on Onwards ….Invictus- you are in good company with that poem.
  • Denis Williamson 21 Sep, 2020 at 1:07 am on Onwards ….Well David, given the instructions you received with that stone, I think I might just give it the occasional rub...
  • Herman 20 Sep, 2020 at 6:29 pm on Onwards ….A powerful acknowledgement of Free Will! Many years ago my Cousin Dorothea Watkins in Virginia substituted 'Christ is' for 'I am' in the last two...
  • Barbara Johnson 19 Sep, 2020 at 8:03 am on Wrestles and Rigs ….Best wishes and love Barbara and Reg XXX
  • Meriel Best 18 Sep, 2020 at 6:15 pm on Wrestles and Rigs ….Big Hug from up here in Yorkshire!
  • David Hughes 18 Sep, 2020 at 5:36 pm on Wrestles and Rigs ….Everyone else has said it so well - you're a champion and an inspiration
  • Ann M 18 Sep, 2020 at 9:56 am on Wrestles and Rigs ….After all the events of the last few days, I am cross and desperate so goodness knows how you feel, beyond the great bravery and...
  • Chris 17 Sep, 2020 at 10:19 pm on Wrestles and Rigs ….Wow - poor you. And wow - you're still singing with Louis. As others have said, your equanimity is awesome (at least when not sedated,...
  • Mari Brothers 17 Sep, 2020 at 6:05 pm on Wrestles and Rigs ….What a saga indeed, Dave. I'm so impressed with your equanimity. At least that's what comes across.. I'm sure there have been plenty of other...
  • Shonagh 17 Sep, 2020 at 2:53 pm on Wrestles and Rigs ….David you are amazing facing everything with a smile ! Maybe a creaky smile right now but you are home and enjoying your lovely flat...
  • Shonagh 17 Sep, 2020 at 2:45 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedCrikey David, there was me blissfully thinking it would be easy peas. Hang in there and good luck and hugs
  • Nick and Rhona 17 Sep, 2020 at 12:43 pm on Wrestles and Rigs ….David, so sorry for everything that has happened over the past few days, but such a vivid account! Your humour and resilience really are a...
  • Sue W 17 Sep, 2020 at 11:05 am on Wrestles and Rigs ….Pleased you are back home. Cannot imagine how I would cope with all that! Not too well I fear. One good nurse can make a...
  • Valerie Vines 17 Sep, 2020 at 10:18 am on Wrestles and Rigs ….Oh dear David, an experience you could have done without and obviously a reaction to the drug used rather than an sub-conscious aggression in your...
  • Camilla 17 Sep, 2020 at 9:11 am on Wrestles and Rigs ….Dave, what a crazy rollercoaster!! As you say, so much has happened / not happened in this short week and you are still so jovial!...
  • Keith Cocker 16 Sep, 2020 at 10:51 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedSo sorry to hear about the hitch David - hope it gets done soon. Having had quite a few camera down throat procedures I must...
  • Christopher Rathbone 16 Sep, 2020 at 9:09 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedBad luck David - I had an attempt to send a camera down to my stomach once, and I just refused to allow it down...
  • Camilla 16 Sep, 2020 at 7:32 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedDave, you are totally amazing to still write the blog and keep us updated. We are so very sorry that it didn’t go ahead and...
  • MERIEL BEST 16 Sep, 2020 at 3:36 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedDitto all the previous comments my dear, and thinking of you every day. My knees are worn out with praying! Singing the "Irish Blessing" with...
  • Esme Bishop 16 Sep, 2020 at 3:00 am on Tale of the UnexpectedFfbbff (you know what I mean). Honestly you could not make this up. However turning a disaster into something humorous is a family trait which...
  • Esme Bishop 16 Sep, 2020 at 2:46 am on Sound as a bell …?Hoping with all my heart that the op is successful and that you are able to sail through the readjustment phase. You cannot be in...
  • Valerie Vines 15 Sep, 2020 at 8:35 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedSo sorry David to hear that your procedure did not take place yesterday. Do hope you will be kept in and the operation goes ahead...
  • Geoff 15 Sep, 2020 at 3:47 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedIt beats me how you manage to find anything smileable at in the whole process. You must have read the same Readers’ Digest as I...
  • Janet 15 Sep, 2020 at 2:30 pm on Tale of the UnexpectedOh Dave, I'm so sorry. What a b!. Do hope it can be done this week and that you can still keep positive. Bless you,...
  • Barbara Johnson 15 Sep, 2020 at 10:29 am on Tale of the UnexpectedSo sorry to hear the operation did not take place hope they can do it this week love as always Barbara xx
  • Barbara Johnson 15 Sep, 2020 at 10:17 am on Sound as a bell …?Thinking of you my love always xxx
  • Barbara Johnson 15 Sep, 2020 at 10:09 am on This and that …..Will be thinking of you and you are always in my prayers and ask all the family to help you xxx
  • Libby Rolls 14 Sep, 2020 at 8:18 pm on Sound as a bell …?Hear hear.
  • Nancy A Hill 14 Sep, 2020 at 2:27 pm on Sound as a bell …?It's curious how such a brief encounter can make such a lasting impression, leaving us with a little mystery and a feeling of connectedness that's...
  • Camilla 14 Sep, 2020 at 9:15 am on Sound as a bell …?What a lovely story and beautiful bell. Thinking of you today and beyond and I hope all goes really well and you are in very...
  • Chris 13 Sep, 2020 at 10:34 pm on Sound as a bell …?Ditto to all of Janet’s above! What an amazing story and gift from him! I’ve long loved the sound and practice of similar (if less...
  • Isobel Rathbone 13 Sep, 2020 at 9:28 pm on This and that …..Love and prayers from self and Christopher. Can't wait for the wry Peace comments on the next stage of your journey,
  • Janet 13 Sep, 2020 at 4:41 pm on Sound as a bell …?It's a beautiful bell and another great story. Am glad you've still got the bell, I know that Malc was at that reunion and I...
  • Morris Allen 13 Sep, 2020 at 1:19 am on This and that …..All best wishes with your operation. Thinking of you often, and especially now. Hurry up and get back to blogging...love it.
  • Keith Cocker 12 Sep, 2020 at 9:30 am on This and that …..I hope all goes well in the next few days David. Elizabeth and I will be thinking of you.
  • P 11 Sep, 2020 at 10:51 am on Curiouser and curiouser …..Since I found myself with some time (and sanitiser) on my hands I decided to see if I could find out any more. After a...
  • Ann 11 Sep, 2020 at 10:09 am on Curiouser and curiouser …..The description of the Smethwick house reminds me of the house in Listowel, Co Kerry, where my father grew up with his aunt (whose fiancee...
  • Sue 10 Sep, 2020 at 5:42 pm on This and that …..First comment from me. its in the wrong place but I was inspired by the overview. It relates to your entry about the move to...
  • Chris 10 Sep, 2020 at 1:01 pm on Curiouser and curiouser …..PS - re the 114/144 address. Maybe scatty and/or dysnumeric Mr Whittlesey? In which case someone else later corrected the total?! Anyway, thanks for the...
  • Chris 10 Sep, 2020 at 12:55 pm on Curiouser and curiouser …..Excellent observations JJ Holmes! I've just looked at the original again and agree with all your points. The 2's in the £23 2 0 line...
  • JJ 9 Sep, 2020 at 6:04 pm on Curiouser and curiouser …..I have a new theory! Given the circumstances, it seems that the high price of £23 is rather unlikely. The more I look at the...
  • P 7 Sep, 2020 at 9:41 am on Curiouser and curiouser …..I'm not socially historic (nor historically social) but I'd go with: Ordered on March 11th 1935, Paid for (or final installment paid?) on 28th April...
  • Barbara Johnson 5 Sep, 2020 at 10:12 pm on Family notes …That's lovely David bit of family history too and to my notes for my 2 great-nephews
  • Peter W Naylor 4 Sep, 2020 at 1:06 pm on Family notes …Lovely story, David! I was thinking the same thing about the price of the accordion. It will have been a very expensive item in 1936....
  • Chris 3 Sep, 2020 at 1:50 pm on KammavacaI loved reading about these kammavaca, and knowing more about these beauties that I've previously admired without ever getting round to asking about! Have been...
  • Keith Cocker 3 Sep, 2020 at 11:27 am on Family notes …A lovely story David. Elizabeth’s family in Ireland have several good Accordionists and Concertina players. Some very enjoyable impromptu concerts with the obligatory glass of...
  • Chris 2 Sep, 2020 at 8:11 pm on Family notes …It’s a lovely honour to hold this beautiful instrument, with its brilliant provenance! Another nugget I love is the little brown envelope, still uncrumpled from...
  • Isobel and Christopher 31 Aug, 2020 at 9:57 pm on Shadows of life ….These puppets are extraordinary; we encountered a selection of them in a museum in Singapore (stopover on the way to Australia). We certainly didn't appreciate...
  • Herman 30 Aug, 2020 at 1:32 pm on Don’t mention the date! ….Dear David, The time has come to share confessions with you. We both know that drinking alcohol should never be done in Saudi Arabia. Today...
  • Nick Cook 28 Aug, 2020 at 12:03 pm on Shadows of life ….Wonderful artefacts story, thank you David and well done to Blogmaster for technical graphical additions this must have been difficult to do and looks impressive...
  • Keith Cocker 27 Aug, 2020 at 10:51 pm on Shadows of life ….Goodness knows where I got them from but I had a couple of small posters for exhibitions at the Museum of Mankind on my wall...
  • Michael 24 Aug, 2020 at 6:22 pm on Botox! Pavlov! Housemaids! Whatever next ….?Will be dropping off a bottle of experimental wine to go along with the lager next time I’m in town.
  • Esme Bishop 18 Aug, 2020 at 6:21 pm on The Housemaid’s Tale ….Good luck with the PEG and remember the silver lining I mentioned in my e-mail! BTW Paul sends his very best wishes.
  • G. Jan 16 Aug, 2020 at 10:09 am on Not another prison, surely ….!Fortunately, my imprisonment lasted not very long due to your successful action. It is one of the multitude of memories in our nearly forty years...
  • Chris Keppie 15 Aug, 2020 at 4:22 pm on Roots and Routes ….So glad, again, you're doing this! Yet another fascinating post - thank you. Sounds a truly awesome book! Reminded me of being struck by obvious...
  • Herman 12 Aug, 2020 at 7:08 pm on Roots and Routes ….What a wonderful name you have! I had to look up the way your name was probably pronounced in the fifth millennium B.C., according to...
  • Nancy Hill 10 Aug, 2020 at 2:45 pm on The War … and gratitude …What a lovely picture! The simple things are usually best. (I remember one time I had some prints that I picked up somewhere. You said...
  • MERIEL BEST 7 Aug, 2020 at 10:47 pm on The Housemaid’s Tale ….I am very aware of the courage it must have taken to agree to the PEG........I am sure the consultant gave you plenty of information,...
  • NCC 5 Aug, 2020 at 9:46 am on MashrabiyaAn inspiring object backlit or not! Thank you. They opened my eyes to appreciating the facade of Paris Institut du Monde Arabe and noting all...
  • Les 5 Aug, 2020 at 9:27 am on MashrabiyaThank you, I couldn't recall where these came from always loved them.
  • Gardner 4 Aug, 2020 at 5:59 pm on MashrabiyaDavid, I hope that the mashrabiya didnt mark out your Cotswold cottage as a harem - but then on reflection, why not?
  • Janet 4 Aug, 2020 at 5:17 pm on MashrabiyaIt looked great in the cottage! As did some other treasures you found on your travels x
  • Pedro 2 Aug, 2020 at 5:36 pm on KammavacaHi From the picture, it seems that the folios are not ordered. On the left-hand side of each folio you should find a Burmese word...
  • Herman 2 Aug, 2020 at 3:23 pm on The Secret Diary ….Three cheers for the Secret Diary. Today, after many years, Armbruster's Dongolese Nubian Grammar was re-discovered in my basement. The first version was assembled during...
  • Camilla 30 Jul, 2020 at 2:38 pm on Kammavaca**Now We Are Six!!
  • Camilla 30 Jul, 2020 at 2:36 pm on KammavacaI thought again, when we visited you the other day, how very beautiful the Kammavaca is...I had no idea it was called this until now!...
  • Esme Bishop 30 Jul, 2020 at 10:43 am on MND/ALS … weighing it up …David, this blog and your openness is a masterclass in how to make every day count and keep your friends and family on the journey...
  • Esme 30 Jul, 2020 at 10:26 am on Mulling and rummaging ….Love the description of your Beirut stopover! Reminds me of the film 'Carry On Up The Khyber' where the embassy is being bombed while a...
  • Caroline Thompson 29 Jul, 2020 at 8:46 am on Other Men’s FlowersThis was the only book my father ever gave me, back in the late 60s, and it sits on my book shelf to this day....
  • Connie Ikert 29 Jul, 2020 at 2:16 am on Other Men’s FlowersDavid, you gave us a copy of this in 1985 -- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. When I read your post I went immediately to the shelf...
  • Janet Keppie 28 Jul, 2020 at 3:45 pm on Other Men’s FlowersDave, you gave us this wonderful anthology twenty three years ago, after a holiday in Cornwall. You said then that you had three previous copies!...
  • Janet Keppie 26 Jul, 2020 at 8:01 pm on The other good idea ….Hear, hear! It was a very special hour - and Malc would be very proud of you! I've always been fascinated by all the contents...
  • Nancy Hill 26 Jul, 2020 at 5:28 pm on Ideas ….Good idea; I look forward to it. I've developed a rule for "stuff" as I've moved several times and tried to downsize: if you don't...
  • Chris Keppie 26 Jul, 2020 at 9:38 am on The other good idea ….Thanks Dave! It was such a pleasure for us all to see you the other day, and to hear yet more warm and funny stories...
  • Herman 24 Jul, 2020 at 6:01 pm on Nationality ….?M'Lud, We would love to be Scots as well. As Bells, we are descended from border Reivers and arch enemies of the Grahams. My cousin...
  • Anna Strang 20 Jul, 2020 at 5:47 pm on Powers … and powers ….what a lovely article
  • Michael 15 Jul, 2020 at 10:30 pm on News ….Hello again...nice to hear from you
  • Christopher Rathbone 12 Jul, 2020 at 6:46 pm on Beyond ….It's been a real privilege to follow you through this epic process - we all know far more about you than about almost anyone else!...
  • Nancy Hill 12 Jul, 2020 at 2:21 pm on Thank you!I'm so glad you will continue to post blog entries from time to time. This has been a wonderful blog, getting to know you better,...
  • MERIEL BEST 11 Jul, 2020 at 4:14 pm on Spooky …. or not?I remember a wonderful performance (at a private party or concert??? can't remember which ) of "Putting on my Top Hat " (Fred Astaire) given...
  • Barbara Johnson 11 Jul, 2020 at 3:07 pm on Beyond ….We have so enjoyed your blog and will miss it and it was wonderful to find out what you have done with your life the...
  • Chris Keppie 10 Jul, 2020 at 11:06 pm on Beyond ….No particularly quirky habits that I’m aware of at least - though do hope to grow in eccentricity. But your @ riff did remind me...
  • Ann Moriarty 10 Jul, 2020 at 11:27 am on MND/ALS … weighing it up …As usual, Dave, your observations are spot-on. When I worked with people who had had an acquired brain injury, it was clear that some medics,...
  • Ian 9 Jul, 2020 at 9:22 pm on Mulling and rummaging ….This is brilliant! Generously he shared out his whisky and we all had a tot or two before he landed us in Bahrein. Love It!...
  • Caroline Thompson 9 Jul, 2020 at 1:21 pm on Thank you!Thank you so very much, Dave. The blog has been an amazing experience to follow-fascinating topics-some bringing back brilliant memories for me of The Sudan-...
  • Ann Moriarty 9 Jul, 2020 at 9:59 am on Thank you!Great! Loud and clear!
  • Libby Rolls 9 Jul, 2020 at 9:58 am on Thank you!A truly remarkable life, lived to the utmost in every respect. It has been a most interesting read and I am full of awe at...
  • Janet Keppie 8 Jul, 2020 at 7:06 pm on MND/ALS … weighing it up …A truly remarkable life and philosophy of a truly remarkable and inspirational man x
  • Herman 8 Jul, 2020 at 1:08 pm on Spooky …. or not?Dear David, Somehow you share with your Uncle Jack and your father an inclination to perform music. At the Lido in Saudi Arabia you demonstrated...
  • Keith Cocker 7 Jul, 2020 at 12:32 pm on Spooky …. or not?Spooky indeed David!! A couple of years ago I had a severe vertigo attack, followed shortly after by a milder one. We are lucky in...
  • Nancy Hill 6 Jul, 2020 at 8:11 pm on 4 July … and counting ….I'll vote to become subject to the Queen again if you'll promise not to accept Donald Trump!
  • Keith Cocker 6 Jul, 2020 at 1:21 pm on Progress ….?If Cummings is given his head it will do enormous damage to our democratic systems in my view. And it raises a bigger question of...
  • Chris Keppie 5 Jul, 2020 at 10:36 pm on The Big Question ….Wow! What family history. Thank you for sharing, as always. Apart from anything else, this has re-inspired me about social housing.. And well said, Mike...
  • Mike 5 Jul, 2020 at 7:33 pm on The Big Question ….Who are you? Well, maybe some of your friends and readers can add a few thoughts at this time. Here’s a start. You are the...
  • NCC 4 Jul, 2020 at 3:03 pm on 4 July … and counting ….Thank you to the NHS - Lightitblue - today and thank the NHS with their Birthday and applause tomorrow Sunday 5th July and for DWP...
  • Esme Bishop 4 Jul, 2020 at 2:39 pm on Story-telling ….?That is absolutely hilarious! Straight out of a 'Faulty Towers' sketch! I have a little story of my own which might amuse. It was one...
  • NCC 3 Jul, 2020 at 9:43 am on Danger Man …..I remember the party too, not only a first for your outfit/attire but the media company ran into trouble that evening because they beamed images...
  • Morris Allen 3 Jul, 2020 at 12:15 am on Anecdotage ….When we were in Suakin in Dec 1969 I was awoken by strange noises...the death throes of a goat hung up by its hind feet...
  • John Scampion 2 Jul, 2020 at 1:11 pm on Progress ….?This takes me right back to my experience many years ago in the public service- local Government as it happens. Strong managers in their units...
  • Ant Hird 2 Jul, 2020 at 10:57 am on Night Clubs ……David, I'm sure I remember you with a belly dancer in a night club in Tarsus (where St Paul came from) in the summer of...
  • Michael Crowe 1 Jul, 2020 at 10:54 pm on Night Clubs ……Nancy One of the most memorable moments of a 6 wee excursion from Melbourne to London was a very quiet hour sitting in the lobby...
  • Nancy Hill 1 Jul, 2020 at 3:54 pm on Night Clubs ……Night clubs and discos are indeed dreadful, and I've only been briefly in one or two. They combine ideally two things I loathe - noise...
  • Herman Bell 1 Jul, 2020 at 1:59 pm on Night Clubs ……Dear David, Like yourself, I investigated the Gordon Night Club briefly in the 1970s. It was celebrated as the last place in Khartoum still bearing...
  • Gardner Thompson 30 Jun, 2020 at 12:23 pm on Progress ….?David Im reminded as must be many others by the promise of successive new administrations to 'cut red tape'.... Cant match your business experience but...
  • Gardner Thompson 30 Jun, 2020 at 12:15 pm on Musings …..David I hadnt realised your proximity to Tonga. You must know the story: at a party, ,someone asked Noel Coward the identity of the small...
  • Janet Keppie 29 Jun, 2020 at 11:09 pm on Story-telling ….?We used to think of you every time we used a car wash! It was one of your best stories ever and Malc used to...
  • Christopher Rathbone 29 Jun, 2020 at 6:17 pm on Musings …..Just caught up after 10 or 12 days, David - amazing stuff. Your mention of the Garden House Hotel reminds me of a rare meal...
  • Nancy Hill 27 Jun, 2020 at 2:48 pm on Anecdotage ….As a librarian and historian, volunteering now at the local Historical Society library, I groaned when you talked of all the company papers just lying...
  • Mike Fitzgerald 27 Jun, 2020 at 2:10 pm on Wellcome …. and peacocks ….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTcQ2kHDsBw
  • Janet Keppie 24 Jun, 2020 at 9:30 pm on MND/ALS … and pigeon ….Dear Dave, you are the bravest of men. Thank you for sharing when you are facing such huge difficulties. Thank you for keeping us all...
  • Chris Keppie 24 Jun, 2020 at 9:30 pm on MND/ALS … and pigeon ….Hello Dave. Beautiful stuff re food! Naturally reminded me of times in China when I was solemnly presented chicken feet to nibble by 4 year...
  • Herman 23 Jun, 2020 at 7:54 pm on The truth, the whole truth ……In 1970 I had been planning to go to the Sudan via Cairo when Gamal Abdel Nasser died suddenly. Everybody said it would be too...
  • Mike 23 Jun, 2020 at 6:57 pm on 360 degrees … and more ….Good you keep on keeping on David. Enjoying your musings and amusings. Send this for a beautiful morning on your roof garden. Mike https://www.facebook.com/Concertgebouw/videos/453129905481636/
  • Tom Balmer 22 Jun, 2020 at 7:08 pm on Fear (2) ….I made it to Ubud in 98 - by that time they had trained the monkeys to pinch sunglasses off tourists and disappear high into...
  • Nancy Hill 22 Jun, 2020 at 2:16 pm on Fear (2) ….I remember the monkey forest in Ubud. Buying the usual bag of peanuts, I expected to throw them to the monkeys. But the "sacred" monkeys...
  • P 18 Jun, 2020 at 4:03 pm on Union muscle ….On the general subject of 'rights' in SA, I was in a nice large open plan properly air conditioned office in Riyadh when a new,...
  • Michael Crowe 17 Jun, 2020 at 10:10 pm on Union muscle ….“...yet.” Fixed the end of the blog...
  • Keith Cocker 16 Jun, 2020 at 2:09 pm on 75 today!Well! I’ve never hear him called “Dave” before! But I heartily concur with all you say Janet. Dave/David is a truly lovely man and I...
  • David 15 Jun, 2020 at 9:03 pm on 75 today!Janet, these 50 years of the greatest of friendships have been a true gift. Malcolm was my best friend, and through him you and the...
  • Janet Keppie 15 Jun, 2020 at 3:11 pm on 75 today!I am fascinated, awed, moved, amused by this remarkable man and his telling of some chapters of his very varied life. What a life! Some...