Comments

A record of everyone’s comments since the feature started on 14 June 2020. To read a comment in full, click on that day’s blog title next to the name

  • Esme 10 Sep, 2021 at 9:40 pm on Here we are again …So sorry to hear you have been struggling and do hope your sleep improves. It can be so debilitating. Thank you for making such a...
  • Chris 8 Sep, 2021 at 10:54 pm on Findings …Sorry to see still no change on latest health front, Dave. Poor you. Thanks for taking the energy to write this, beautifully crafted as ever....
  • Shonagh 7 Sep, 2021 at 9:49 pm on Here we are again …Glad to see your blog again I’ve been wondering how you are even more than usual over the past fortnight. I hope sleep returns soon...
  • Barbara Johnson 4 Sep, 2021 at 10:33 pm on Here we are again …Always in my thoughts and l pray each day for you Love always xx
  • Barbara Johnson 4 Sep, 2021 at 10:26 pm on Time for a lull …I have always think of that poem when I walking in the countryside and now I will think of you My love and best wishes...
  • Sue W 2 Sep, 2021 at 9:45 pm on Here we are again …Yes... echoing previous comments and sending virtual hugs. Do hope the sleep improves and maybe you can find some more congenial "viewing matter" Mastermind and...
  • Anna 2 Sep, 2021 at 5:12 pm on Here we are again …You are having such a tough time and are so stoic,hope the infection and cause clears up soon.lack of sleep always makes things worse
  • Nancy 2 Sep, 2021 at 2:44 pm on Here we are again …Glad you were able to get at least some rest. Hope the medication will knock out the infection and you'll be able to sleep. You're...
  • Denis Williamson 2 Sep, 2021 at 4:53 am on Here we are again …Good to see that you're back blogging, David. I was worried for a while.
  • MERIEL 1 Sep, 2021 at 7:27 pm on Here we are again …I am so glad you had the strength to make an entry, to let us know how you are. Like everyone else in the past...
  • NCC 1 Sep, 2021 at 10:06 am on Here we are again …🙋🏻‍♂️🙂🙋🏻‍♂️
  • Esme Bishop 22 Aug, 2021 at 11:45 pm on Time for a lull …I’ve always loved that poem and have often remarked that the current trend regarding ‘mindfulness’ is not a new phenomenon since this poem was written...
  • Shonagh 17 Aug, 2021 at 3:47 pm on Time for a lull …Hi David, I too echo earlier thoughts and send you prayers for a rest and like others I hope your thought can wander alongside mine...
  • Christopher and Isobel Rathbone 15 Aug, 2021 at 8:24 pm on Time for a lull …Hello David, and love, and prayers. As your mind wanders back over the memories of the years, I would be surprised if it didn't meet...
  • MERIEL 15 Aug, 2021 at 5:38 pm on Time for a lull …I love that poem......I often think of it when dashing around like a mad thing, and I have to make myself stop and just look...
  • Camilla 15 Aug, 2021 at 4:06 pm on Time for a lull …You are amazing not to have felt the need to rest, sit and stare sooner Dave, and I too am really sorry it's been such...
  • Nancy 15 Aug, 2021 at 2:54 pm on Time for a lull …So sorry you've had such a rough time; special prayers will be going up for you. I'm reminded of a favorite poster I had in...
  • P 14 Aug, 2021 at 12:07 pm on Oh the embarrassment!I recall you tried sushi. Once...
  • Libby Rolls 12 Aug, 2021 at 4:30 pm on Oh the embarrassment!I do believe faeces on the door would be a definite occurrence with an anus horribilis.
  • Esme 10 Aug, 2021 at 6:47 pm on Oh the embarrassment!I remember an embarrassing moment, albeit it was caused by my mother’s error. Nearly every year we used to travel to France for our family...
  • Keith Cocker 10 Aug, 2021 at 1:58 pm on Oh the embarrassment!As you know David, I was very lucky to survive a Brain Haemorrhage in my late 30's. Quite a few years later I was doing...
  • Chris 9 Aug, 2021 at 11:27 pm on Oh the embarrassment!Q2 - multiple choice. What did DP knock up in the anus horribilis? A) Faeces B) Roy C) Steak tartare D) All of the above...
  • Janet 9 Aug, 2021 at 10:11 pm on Oh the embarrassment!These are brilliant!! I've suffered various embarrassing moments during my life but a fairly recent one was particularly cringe - worthy. I was leading a...
  • Camilla 5 Aug, 2021 at 2:21 pm on On air and ether …Just brilliant Dave. You are so brave, and continue to do so much good for the MND community and raising awareness. Lots of love xxxx...
  • Mary 4 Aug, 2021 at 8:35 pm on On air and ether …Fight the good fight David. You are speaking up not just for yourself but so many people who just ask to have their choice recognised....
  • Shonagh and Family 4 Aug, 2021 at 3:00 pm on On air and ether …I am so proud of you and so proud to be your friend. It was a wonderful tribute to you and to the MND cause....
  • Barbara Johnson 4 Aug, 2021 at 2:56 pm on On air and ether …What a good interview finger cross it goes though My love as always
  • Nancy 3 Aug, 2021 at 1:40 pm on On air and ether …Another wonderful contribution to the cause!
  • MERIEL AND PAUL 3 Aug, 2021 at 11:59 am on On air and ether …We absolutely reflect what others have said. "Choice" is the word that is important. Thinking of you, many times a day.
  • Ann, Herman, Bethany, Jordan 3 Aug, 2021 at 10:37 am on On air and ether …Well done, David! Love from Ann, Herman, Bethany and Jordan
  • Janet Keppie 3 Aug, 2021 at 10:35 am on On air and ether …Such a powerful and brave testimony and such an important contribution. I'm so glad it was out today and feel immensely proud of you xx...
  • Chris 3 Aug, 2021 at 8:51 am on BBC: the latest …Hard to know what to say, hard to speak. But thank you for speaking - your voice is somehow stronger than ever. And certainly stronger...
  • Caroline 3 Aug, 2021 at 8:22 am on BBC: the latest …David, I have just seen a clip of your interview on BBC online news this morning. Brilliant
  • Ann M 3 Aug, 2021 at 8:14 am on BBC: the latest …Being outside London at present and not able to access BBC M London on tv, Mike and I have watched your interview on YouTube. Excellent....
  • Liz Harvie 3 Aug, 2021 at 7:24 am on BBC: the latest …David, I've just seen your BBC interview while I was perusing Twitter with my morning tea. Your story has really touched me. I'm a volunteer...
  • Wanda Piontek 3 Aug, 2021 at 7:06 am on BBC: the latest …Just seen your interview on BBC. A very thoughtful piece and a well edited article. Hope you manage a few days out in the “Peace...
  • Christopher Rathbone 2 Aug, 2021 at 10:49 am on Whiskers!Yes, well, as someone who gave up on the tedious business of shaving in about 1967, I think you look very distinguished with a beard!...
  • Camilla 29 Jul, 2021 at 1:53 pm on Whiskers!Dave you look SO distinguished in the photograph on the right! There's a look of Sean Connery about you...... xxxx
  • Shonagh 29 Jul, 2021 at 1:37 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …Dear David You really are heroic inspiration, I am so proud to call you my friend. We are all thinking of you here and sending...
  • MERIEL 29 Jul, 2021 at 11:06 am on Whiskers!Very distinguished......but not the "you" we know and love! (Surprised you even considered it for even 10 secs!) Paul adds his usual comment on seeing...
  • Bethany and Jordan 28 Jul, 2021 at 11:52 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …Dear David, As always, you are inspirational. Thinking of you with lots of love from Vienna and Oxford.
  • Esme 28 Jul, 2021 at 10:00 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …We’ll it’s all been said above really. So glad you can be so positive and so glad you can tell it as it is when...
  • Nancy 27 Jul, 2021 at 1:56 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …Your bravery and determination are awesome. Hang in there, with or without a beard. Much love.
  • Keith Cocker 27 Jul, 2021 at 1:39 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …Hello David. I remember when you grew a beard a few years ago. Captain Birdseye!!! Go for it!!
  • Camilla 26 Jul, 2021 at 1:04 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …Dave, you are amazing, and thank you for updating us, as always. I do remember attempting to do things one-handed when I broke my wrist...
  • Geoff 25 Jul, 2021 at 8:42 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …David mon brave ! One comment on the difficulties involved with shaving one-handedly. I hated beards before I grew one but now think that they...
  • Chris 25 Jul, 2021 at 4:01 pm on Left hand, right hand for example …Exactly as Sue says - including even re wet shave 😀 So sorry things are even more difficult dear boy. It’s important that you share...
  • Sue W 25 Jul, 2021 at 11:02 am on Left hand, right hand for example …Thank you for the update. It is easy to read the blog and feel so uplifted by what you are achieving in spite of the...
  • Amanda 22 Jul, 2021 at 1:10 pm on Read and read again?I can think of many books I have loved and reread (some mentioned above) but I can also think of a few which were simply...
  • Chris 21 Jul, 2021 at 10:16 am on Airwaves …Great news - well done again Dave. I'm sure your interview will make a strong impact. Given this, I'm happy for Boris to delay having...
  • Keith Cocker 20 Jul, 2021 at 2:11 pm on Read and read again?Re-reading is a great pleasure for me. I have a very large library having been an avid bibliophile since I was about 8 years old!!...
  • Janet 19 Jul, 2021 at 3:35 pm on Read and read again?My father loved the Chronicles of Barsetshire, too. He urged me to read them as did you, and this reminder has prompted me to seek...
  • Lesley 19 Jul, 2021 at 2:03 pm on Read and read again?Absolutely, often read books more than once, some because I loved them as a child like Wind in the Willows and of course Pooh (...
  • MERIEL 16 Jul, 2021 at 4:00 pm on Read and read again?Nancy.... I love the t-shirt! ! I would send it to my brother, who is moving house, after 30 years in one place, but who...
  • Nancy 16 Jul, 2021 at 1:47 pm on Read and read again?Read books again? You betcha. Some of them are my best friends. Some are comfort food for the brain and soul. Some are sure fire...
  • DP 13 Jul, 2021 at 8:30 pm on Three days ago ….Thank you Hooky. Fingers crossed something like normal life will return next week. I’ll certainly keep blogging while I can. And thank you for your...
  • Sir Harold Walker 12 Jul, 2021 at 9:47 am on Three days ago ….On a happier note, a couple who are neighbours - American wife and British husband - held an open-air barbecue on 4 July. I our...
  • Janet 11 Jul, 2021 at 9:42 pm on Well served!I'm sure you will have enjoyed the two great matches this weekend - such a high standard of wonderful tennis! Malc and I were both...
  • DP 11 Jul, 2021 at 11:38 am on Well served!Dear A Hillock, I try to avoid getting involved in Comments, welcome though they all are, but this one does deserve a response. It’s a...
  • A. Hillock 11 Jul, 2021 at 7:54 am on Well served!Dear David “Are you sure that the streaker in 2002 wasn’t you ?” “Because Jane always claimed it was a decadent you !” 🎾 👍🏻...
  • Nick 8 Jul, 2021 at 7:31 am on Three days ago ….“Hear hear” …….. or is it “Here here” whichever, 👏🏻 Oh ! ….. and Sweet Caroline 👏🏻
  • Tom B 7 Jul, 2021 at 9:00 pm on Three days ago ….Very glad you kept going with it DP, a lot of people have taken a lot from it 👍
  • Minji 6 Jul, 2021 at 6:59 am on Just a little …Enjoy restful moments!
  • Chris 4 Jul, 2021 at 9:28 pm on 4 July … and counting ….PS - huge thanks and admiration for all you’ve done in the last year. Wonderful entertainment and insights through the blog, as well as your...
  • Chris 4 Jul, 2021 at 9:26 pm on 4 July … and counting ….Conscious of your two year diagnosis anniversary today, Dave. Thinking of you, as often of course. Have just re-read this post - lovely summary re...
  • Esme Bishop 2 Jul, 2021 at 6:12 pm on Just a little …You deserve a rest from your Superhero escapades! Just call it a Kryptonite day!
  • Esme Bishop 2 Jul, 2021 at 6:09 pm on I am not responsible …Absolutely bloody brilliant! I can't tell you how much I laughed and what an inspiration you are to me and to others. I am in...
  • Camilla 2 Jul, 2021 at 12:50 pm on Just a little …Enjoy your quiet days and the sport, and thank you, as always, for staying in touch. Absolutely gripping on the sport front, and just what...
  • Camilla 2 Jul, 2021 at 12:47 pm on I am not responsible …This is AMAZING! You are both amazing, and I hope you had fun doing it. Certainly looked like you did! Production and cast were outstanding....
  • Barbara Johnson 1 Jul, 2021 at 11:40 pm on I am not responsible …Brillant
  • Barbara Johnson 1 Jul, 2021 at 11:35 pm on Chaperones and more …So pleased you have a lot of good friends
  • Janet 1 Jul, 2021 at 5:56 pm on Just a little …Bless you for keeping in touch. We've had some national morale boosting with sport this week, haven't we, and people certainly seem to be appreciating...
  • Dolores Doolittle 29 Jun, 2021 at 10:58 am on I am not responsible …Fabulous twinkly post with sterling musical accompaniment! The twirling in the phone box was particularly dashing, and certainly caught the eye of passers-by! Thought the...
  • Tom Balmer 28 Jun, 2021 at 7:34 pm on I am not responsible …This is brilliant, top work DP & Tim!
  • Janet 28 Jun, 2021 at 5:37 pm on I am not responsible …Dave, huge congratulations!! You can, and should, take immense credit fot this - it's wonderful! It's fun and inspirational as are you - and Tim...
  • Mel Ashworth 28 Jun, 2021 at 2:54 pm on I am not responsible …Nice one David!!
  • Carly 28 Jun, 2021 at 12:07 pm on I am not responsible …Congratulations on completing Roll21 and the fantastic video! I thought the music choices were great!
  • Caroline 28 Jun, 2021 at 11:39 am on I am not responsible …David, I absolutely loved this video, made me smile, made me laugh and brought a tear to my eye. My cousin would have loved this,...
  • MERIEL 27 Jun, 2021 at 3:04 pm on I am not responsible …Fabulous effort.....! I loved it, and the phone box was an inspired touch! Well done!
  • Geoff 27 Jun, 2021 at 1:16 pm on I am not responsible …BRILLIANT video, David and Tim ! I suspect there were hints of Danny Boyle in there and a smattering of Benny Hill. I loved the...
  • Sue W 25 Jun, 2021 at 9:49 am on Two busy days …Your blog is always so uplifting even on a serious matter. It's good to see the videos too. The longest day 2021 - at 21.21.21...
  • Chris 24 Jun, 2021 at 6:37 am on Two busy days …As Meriel - well done sir. Very much hope your powerful voice is broadcast. Sorry we didn’t do the 21 on the 21st - but...
  • MERIEL 23 Jun, 2021 at 4:56 pm on Two busy days …Well done, David. We can only imagine what tiring work that must have been for you. Let's hope the broadcast moves people in the right...
  • Camilla 22 Jun, 2021 at 1:41 pm on Chaperones and more …Cheers to all your chaperones, companions and loyal witnesses, all doing a fantastic job!! Amazing work Tim and Nick in particular. It's lovely to know...
  • Herman 19 Jun, 2021 at 5:55 pm on But not in the rain …Hard to avoid the downpour in London. Maybe ARAMCO?
  • P 19 Jun, 2021 at 11:21 am on But not in the rain …"Young P"...who do you think you're kidding?? Cracking hooter though...
  • Shonagh 18 Jun, 2021 at 9:51 am on Rolling on ….Brilliant David love the video, I love the circular movement! Go for it you have been so adventurous throughout your life and now is no...
  • Esme BISHOP 17 Jun, 2021 at 4:23 pm on Rolling on ….If I had a hat on I would certainly take it off to you! Absolutely brilliant. I've a good mind to come over and hire...
  • Esme Bishop 17 Jun, 2021 at 4:19 pm on Hip! Hip! …. Boo!I am sitting here with visions of you racing down the streets with pedestrians flying off in all directions like something out of a Tom...
  • Camilla 15 Jun, 2021 at 1:32 pm on Rolling on ….Wonderful Dave!! Keep on rollin' and here's hoping you get to 21 by the 21st!! You're amazing xxxx
  • Janet Keppie 15 Jun, 2021 at 8:36 am on Rolling on ….You are SUCH a sport!! Love the video and your 'go for it' guts! Xx
  • Chris 14 Jun, 2021 at 11:24 pm on Rolling on ….So love this video - not only the cinematic choreography but also that balletic handbrake turn. Beautiful. Keep rockin & rollin Dave & Tim! 😄...
  • P 14 Jun, 2021 at 9:22 am on Rolling on ….Cheating seems somehow fair. I'll sponsor you in the Peacemobile (e-Max?) at £5 per mile. But there has to be video of you in the...
  • Keith Cocker 13 Jun, 2021 at 10:54 pm on Hip! Hip! …. Boo!🤫
  • DP 13 Jun, 2021 at 8:31 pm on Hip! Hip! …. Boo!You obviously have inside knowledge, Keith. Don’t tell anyone!
  • Keith Cocker 11 Jun, 2021 at 1:01 pm on Hip! Hip! …. Boo!Pavement Hog!!!! Is it true that Police Patrols on the M25 have been doubled in anticipation of your further ventures!!!
  • Janet 11 Jun, 2021 at 9:13 am on Hip! Hip! …. Boo!I'm so glad you are out and about, enjoying the parks and the sunshine. Your typical humour and wry observations on describing the reactions of...
  • Camilla 10 Jun, 2021 at 10:14 am on Hip! Hip! …. Boo!Dave, I am so pleased that you and the P-Mobile are still having fun, despite the thoughtlessness / rudeness of some. It's awful to think...
  • Barbara Johnson 7 Jun, 2021 at 11:08 pm on Media surprise …Well done hope it goes through
  • Esme 6 Jun, 2021 at 7:41 pm on Liberation Day ….Brilliant - love it. Enjoy your new found freedom!
  • Camilla 6 Jun, 2021 at 10:08 am on 1 ½ miles a day?RUN CHRIS, RUN!!! I know the thought of Dave and all other MND sufferers will keep you going throughout the training and on the day....
  • Camilla 6 Jun, 2021 at 10:04 am on Liberation Day ….Have fun on it Dave, and honk that horn!! Great weather for it! xxxx
  • MERIEL 5 Jun, 2021 at 10:25 pm on Liberation Day ….And a big "spoiler" on the back.....
  • Janet 5 Jun, 2021 at 9:11 pm on 1 ½ miles a day?Go Chris! Remember your 50 mile school walk back in the day?! Just wear proper footwear so that you dont get as many blisters as...
  • Chris 5 Jun, 2021 at 10:17 am on 1 ½ miles a day?Walking or cycling are also options... or swimming I guess... and surely the Peacemobile too! Fetching MNDA orange vests or t-shirts provided too 🙂 BTW,...
  • DP 4 Jun, 2021 at 4:14 pm on No rest …“Singing together is the communion of the heart”. Beautiful phrase and absolutely true. And the communion endures: we last sang together over 30 years ago....
  • Herman 4 Jun, 2021 at 3:35 pm on Liberation Day ….La Liberté guide nos pas...... Le Peuple souverain s'avance,.....
  • Nancy 3 Jun, 2021 at 1:42 pm on Liberation Day ….The dashing boulevardier on his steed! You look great. Have fun.
  • Shonagh 2 Jun, 2021 at 8:44 pm on Liberation Day ….Go David!! ‘Go Faster ‘ stripe paint job needed. Enjoy xx
  • Geoff Edwards 2 Jun, 2021 at 7:19 pm on Media surprise …David ! Your article is everything I expected it to be- logical, lucid and quietly passionate. If this Bill doesn't go through this time it...
  • Keith Cocker 2 Jun, 2021 at 12:38 pm on Media surprise …Typo!! "Comfortable" not "confirmable" Sorry!! Proof reading has never been my strength!!
  • Keith Cocker 2 Jun, 2021 at 12:37 pm on Media surprise …Superb article David. I myself was, until a few years ago, uncertain about assisted dying. My concern was about safeguards not principles or ethics. I...
  • Chris 2 Jun, 2021 at 12:11 pm on Liberation Day ….Enjoy, Lord Toad! https://youtu.be/40I23L5zUjc
  • Keith Cocker 2 Jun, 2021 at 11:55 am on Liberation Day ….Oh my God! Have the pedestrian population of London been warned!!! Bare-legged, forth he goes!!
  • Tony Watts 2 Jun, 2021 at 10:22 am on Liberation Day ….A formidable sight!
  • Nancy 2 Jun, 2021 at 4:29 am on No rest …I've been following all these stories with great interest and refraining from idle comment. One thing that stays in my mind, though, is the only...
  • Libby Rolls 31 May, 2021 at 9:49 am on Media surprise …Quite.xx
  • Libby Rolls 31 May, 2021 at 9:41 am on Milestones …Mow 'em all down Dave!!!
  • Christian Evain 31 May, 2021 at 7:09 am on Media surprise …Assisted Dying was discussed in the French Parliament last month (“Droit de mourir dans la dignité”). A law had been already voted in 2016 (la...
  • Camilla Balmer 30 May, 2021 at 7:34 am on Media surprise …Dave, this is so powerful and so articulately put, as always. Putting it together in such a short timeframe must have been tiring and pressured,...
  • Herman 30 May, 2021 at 1:28 am on Media surprise …Your case for Assisted Dying in this country is convincing. It should make a big difference.
  • Herb 29 May, 2021 at 7:25 pm on Media surprise …It’s so good to see that, as well as inspiring your friends and blog readers, you are now contributing to the national debate. When the...
  • Chris 29 May, 2021 at 6:12 pm on Media surprise …Brilliantly put, Dave. Really powerful and compelling. A new first, or do you have other articles to your lordship’s name? So glad you were able...
  • Janet 29 May, 2021 at 5:15 pm on Media surprise …It must have taken a lot of effort and willpower to submit this so quickly. As always your wish to help others, and your courage...
  • Christopher Rathbone 29 May, 2021 at 11:43 am on Milestones …Metrical measures are easier in many ways, all being based on 10s, 100s, 1000s etc. The great thing about 'Imperial' measures is that they are...
  • Tim 29 May, 2021 at 10:30 am on Media surprise …Baroness Campbell's piece focussed on protecting those with disability from being ushered into an early and unwanted death. On the surface, a noble sentiment. However,...
  • MERIEL 29 May, 2021 at 9:47 am on Media surprise …Fantastic David, and very moving! I do hope it helps to alter the mindset of those who have no idea of what people in your...
  • Sue 29 May, 2021 at 9:45 am on Media surprise …David. This is amazing, I know Jane Campbell, or at least I did when she was Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. She...
  • Esme 28 May, 2021 at 7:31 pm on Voice rediscovered – again!I think you did marvellously considering you weren’t primed at all.
  • A Cookie 28 May, 2021 at 6:46 am on Wheel Appeal …Bloggers Block David ! Can I recommend a squirt of Heineken “Refreshes the parts that other beers cannot reach” And for Stephen too Maybe after...
  • Camilla 25 May, 2021 at 11:57 am on Milestones …Brilliant milestones Dave! Wonderful on the fundraising front, and let's definitely get to £25k now. Such great news for you with the wheelchair, I'm so...
  • Janet 25 May, 2021 at 10:43 am on Wheel Appeal …How great to link up with this good St Cats man. Camilla and I will be on the Suffolk coast on Sunday and do hope...
  • Janet 25 May, 2021 at 9:03 am on Milestones …Huge congratulations! It's a fantastic result on the fundraising and another initiative of which you should be very proud. As you say, let's keep it...
  • Shonagh 22 May, 2021 at 8:31 pm on Milestones …Brilliant! Look out pedestrians. We will need to buy you one of those hooters they used to put on the side of early cars! Xx...
  • Keith Cocker 21 May, 2021 at 5:22 pm on Happy families?Oh dear! The Dyson report into the Bashir interview with Diana has put the chat amongst the pigeonnes hasn’t it! A dreadful tale indeed that...
  • Keith Cocker 18 May, 2021 at 10:47 pm on Happy families?I was in Paris on business when Diana's car came to grief in the underpass and saw the flowers build up over the next few...
  • DP 17 May, 2021 at 8:56 pm on Happy families?My goodness Vivienne, it's good to hear from you, and that's quite a story! I try not to get too involved in the Comments on...
  • Vivienne Crowe 17 May, 2021 at 8:08 pm on Happy families?Dear David, I love that you have written about this subject. I could go on for hours and hours (ask Michael if you don't believe...
  • Sue 13 May, 2021 at 12:23 pm on Voice rediscovered – again!So glad it surfaced. David was the mastermind for our return to the Sudan and he, like Ann was a wonderful travelling companion. It is...
  • Shonagh 12 May, 2021 at 2:35 pm on Voice rediscovered – again!Loved it David thank you for sending it out on the blog xx
  • Chris 11 May, 2021 at 10:07 pm on Voice rediscovered – again!Ditto to Cam... But also Wow! Incredible equilibrium having just encountered the dastardly James!! Have just re-read the two posts that I don't think I...
  • Camilla 11 May, 2021 at 1:22 pm on Voice rediscovered – again!Dave, this is brilliant, and I'm so pleased that you have had such a welcome surprise. Wonderful for us too to see you and hear...
  • Sue W 10 May, 2021 at 9:10 pm on Pigeon posts and more …From stuff on line about Trafalgar Square pigeons, it seems said Mayor banned the feeding of pigeons along with the sellers of food to tourists...
  • Camilla 10 May, 2021 at 7:43 pm on Pigeon posts and more …Not a pigeon memory, but Jack is obsessed with pigeons...if I didn’t mind the mess I would invite all pigeons in SW London to come...
  • Herman 8 May, 2021 at 8:33 pm on Pigeon posts and more …Years ago I was enjoying a beautiful evening in Khartoum with my late friend Dr. Halim Sabbar. Suddenly I was bombarded with the droppings of...
  • Chris 7 May, 2021 at 10:43 pm on Pigeon posts and more …Ok, not pigeons, but “William Gibbs made his dibs / Selling the turds of foreign birds” Guano made him the richest commoner Victorian apparently.. See...
  • MERIEL 7 May, 2021 at 5:35 pm on Pigeon posts and more …The above aviary where they are going to eventually release the pigeons is near Whitby. A great destination for tourists and packed out in the...
  • Nancy 7 May, 2021 at 2:09 pm on Pigeon posts and more …At the University of Texas at El Paso, the architecture is modelled on Bhutanese style, very lovely - Google it and see. The windows are...
  • Chris 5 May, 2021 at 11:19 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …Ach, that Janet beat me to it... Yes, your Exmouth house and street are some of my earliest memories (poss from subsequent year!) V exciting...
  • Janet 5 May, 2021 at 2:56 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …Dave, we loved your little house!! You very kindly lent it to us for our first holiday with baby,Christopher. We loved the fact that it...
  • Keith Cocker 4 May, 2021 at 4:35 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …14 year old KMC painted a very large eye on the white wall of my bedroom. It was about 5 feet across and was in...
  • Barbara Johnson 3 May, 2021 at 11:29 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …I remember many years ago l was staying at my brother Michael’s holiday home at Landrum Bay and went into Exmouth with my mother and...
  • Meriel Best 2 May, 2021 at 8:11 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …David, I think you have started a ball rolling! I think we can all come up with similar memories of experiments with colours, which may...
  • Christopher Rathbone 2 May, 2021 at 3:26 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …We bought a small 4 bedroom terrace house in Carlisle for £4000 in 1971(and sold it for £7000 two years later. Our pride and joy...
  • Shonagh 2 May, 2021 at 12:00 pm on Bland, boring and Boris …I remember the craze for what was called ‘wet look paint’ and I decided to paint an old double bed we had acquired in wet...
  • Gillian Matten 2 May, 2021 at 11:13 am on Bland, boring and Boris …Sounds like you had the same taste as my brother Stephen in the 70's David. I can remember around 74/75 his bedroom at our family...
  • Janet 29 Apr, 2021 at 2:45 pm on APPG. Worth it?I've just watched it and agree, completely with you and Chris about Matt Hancock. Every question seemed to be fielded with ' a need for...
  • Chris 28 Apr, 2021 at 10:28 pm on APPG. Worth it?I just watched the clip of Barbara - very moving and powerful. Completely agree about Matt Hancock based on his ‘responses’ following that section. In...
  • Chris 26 Apr, 2021 at 10:55 pm on Bits and pieces …Brilliant to read the latest re the fund. Well done Dave, Tim et al! I’ve just completed my first 10 mile run (poss ever?!) having...
  • Shonagh 23 Apr, 2021 at 8:19 pm on Wall? Elephant? Both?As always, honourable and staying positive. I miss you my friend, how much I treasured being able just to drop in for a glass of...
  • Janet 22 Apr, 2021 at 2:07 pm on Lawn Order ….I remember Malc and I watching a young Prince Charles play polo at Cirencester Park in the 70s. We went with Lorna who was working...
  • Belinda 21 Apr, 2021 at 2:28 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….Hello Thank you so much for posting this. I was a soprano in the chorus, stacking dissonant hums as you declaimed so eloquently. It was...
  • Christopher Rathbone 21 Apr, 2021 at 1:16 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….This is terrific, David, musically, and hearing your splendid voice (RIP) as it once was! I don't know Waltham Abbey, but do have an interest...
  • Esme Bishop 18 Apr, 2021 at 6:15 pm on Wall? Elephant? Both?Invictus is all I can say. You are so palpably the captain of your soul if not your body. I salute you.
  • Esme Bishop 18 Apr, 2021 at 6:07 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….Brilliant all round.
  • Esme Bishop 18 Apr, 2021 at 6:06 pm on Smile …Yup you got me too!!
  • Ann Bell 15 Apr, 2021 at 7:47 pm on Wall? Elephant? Both?Dear David, Like Philip, how well you have served all of us. Thank you.
  • Herman 14 Apr, 2021 at 1:08 pm on Wall? Elephant? Both?Your oration in Waltham Abbey may also have inspired King Harold in his presumed resting place outside the east window.
  • Janet 10 Apr, 2021 at 6:30 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….I was very moved by this - and, as Chris says, great work by Tim.
  • Janet 10 Apr, 2021 at 6:25 pm on Prince PhilipI believe so, too, Dave. He had, of course seen so many changes during his long life but he seemed to embrace much that was...
  • Chris 9 Apr, 2021 at 11:50 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….Wow! Brilliant stuff all round - the music and voice, and your explanation of the weaving and setting! Made me think of Wolf Hall (Hilary...
  • Susannah Walker 9 Apr, 2021 at 9:46 am on Smile …Wonderful! You do deserve an honour! I did not register the date but did wonder as I always understood that revealing it beforehand was virtually...
  • Camilla 8 Apr, 2021 at 10:43 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….Absolutely wonderful Dave! XxXx
  • MERIEL 8 Apr, 2021 at 4:53 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….Wonderful..... I wish I had been there.
  • Ann M 8 Apr, 2021 at 1:40 pm on Voice Rediscovered ….Amazing
  • Libby Rolls 7 Apr, 2021 at 7:04 pm on Smile …What a hoot... Best April Fool since the Spaghetti Harvest....
  • Michael 7 Apr, 2021 at 12:17 pm on Smile …At the heart of a good April Fool’s prank is plausibility and given how we are ready to believe you are deserving of some recognition...
  • Janet 5 Apr, 2021 at 2:56 pm on Smile …I was had, as well, Tony! I agree that a gong is well deserved but am glad you got the better of some of us,...
  • Shonagh 5 Apr, 2021 at 11:29 am on Smile …I practiced and practiced my courtesy, however like an earlier comment, it may be a double bluff! Enjoy the day xx
  • Chris 5 Apr, 2021 at 9:15 am on Smile …Got me too! I’m hoping it’s a double bluff though... Some happy easterish blackthorn blossom for you https://photos.app.goo.gl/mtBNeYftWHoL2DUW7
  • Herman 4 Apr, 2021 at 9:29 pm on Smile …Happy Easter! Your honour sure managed to fool me!
  • Tony Watts 4 Apr, 2021 at 3:35 pm on Smile …Brilliant, David! I was totally deceived - partly because it would of course have been so well-deserved. Anyway, Lord Peace of Marylebone you shall remain,...
  • DP 4 Apr, 2021 at 9:36 am on Smile …And this is me, DP, thanking especially those who Commented or emailed me so positively about the ‘honour’, and to whom I immediately confessed. All...
  • MERIEL 3 Apr, 2021 at 3:53 pm on A Year On ….Apparently only people from a country under the jurisdiction of the monarch are supposed to bow or curtsey ..... e.g. countries of theCommonwealth, Canada, etc....
  • Chris 3 Apr, 2021 at 9:46 am on A Year On ….Ditto to all previous comments. Awesome to get to 200 posts, and all of them have been brilliant in many varied ways. Thank you. Love...
  • Ann Bell 2 Apr, 2021 at 10:36 pm on A Year On ….Dear David, Happy Easter! Love from Ann Bell
  • Nancy 1 Apr, 2021 at 10:48 pm on A Year On ….It's been a wonderful 200 entries, David. You've taken the sourest of lemons and made the sweetest lemonade, and we all admire and love you....
  • Janet 1 Apr, 2021 at 4:56 pm on A Year On ….Firstly, so many congratulations on this special anniversary! You have done everything that you set out to do - and so much more! Apart from...
  • MERIEL 1 Apr, 2021 at 9:56 am on Script and scripture …..Lovely to see the Lord's Prayer again..... I also have a treasured copy which was given to me by the same friends in SA. which...
  • Shonagh 1 Apr, 2021 at 9:47 am on A Year On ….Hello and once again thank you for your ‘uplifting words’ here in Monmouth the Family wonder every day how you are doing and as always...
  • Keith Cocker 31 Mar, 2021 at 10:38 pm on What’s in a name?What a lovely tribute from Christopher. Does Edward Wickham know about it? I wonder how it would sound played on the College organ? In part...
  • Janet 30 Mar, 2021 at 9:23 pm on Another purpose …Dave, your huge courage, and commitment to raising awareness, has reaped great benefits, hasn't it! I've just looked at the fund and see that it...
  • Janet 30 Mar, 2021 at 9:01 pm on Script and scripture …..Looking through my bookcase the other day, I came across a small paper booklet in Arabic. It's a teaching aid with lists of words, covering...
  • DP 30 Mar, 2021 at 12:00 pm on Script and scripture …..I’m told it says: ”O Prophet, we have sent you a witness, an evangelist, a warning and a farewell to God.”
  • Barbara Johnson 29 Mar, 2021 at 11:37 pm on A Night without Alice …So please you are having good treatment always in my thought xx
  • Chris 29 Mar, 2021 at 9:47 am on Script and scripture …..Beautiful! Our Father - abani / abaana ? (I googled) in the centre.. Do you know what the top boaty one's about?!
  • Chris 29 Mar, 2021 at 9:36 am on Another purpose …Brilliant trailer - well done Dave, and Tim, as always 🙂 Shared of course x
  • Esme 27 Mar, 2021 at 12:52 pm on Comms and Alerts …Take up touch typing! It will revolutionise your speech machine! It is hard to start with but I know you are always up for a...
  • Esme 27 Mar, 2021 at 11:00 am on All the latest ….As always brutally honest but with a fortitude that quite literally leaves me in awe. Would that we could relieve you of some of the...
  • Chris 24 Mar, 2021 at 10:42 pm on No floppy brims ….Nothing wrong with velvet leisurewear! Nor patent brogues (whatever they might be). Says the guy who likes yellow socks, has never worn a single cologne,...
  • Barbara 24 Mar, 2021 at 2:15 pm on No floppy brims ….David, cast your mind back to our wedding day, when Anthony appeared at the end of the proceedings in his 'going-away' suit of olive green,...
  • Camilla 24 Mar, 2021 at 1:57 pm on No floppy brims ….All I can say is thank goodness you heeded some of this advice and never turned up for one of our Shepherd Market dinners in...
  • MERIEL 24 Mar, 2021 at 12:38 pm on No floppy brims ….David, you didn't need the list..........you were always a snappy dresser when we knew you! (Others may have a different tale!) As for changing over...
  • DP 23 Mar, 2021 at 12:52 pm on Colours and more ….She had me down as “Summer”, Meriel. More on that shortly!
  • Camilla 22 Mar, 2021 at 8:13 pm on Colours and more ….I have always wanted to have my colours 'done' Dave, lucky you!! Not in the least bit offensive and just another lovely anecdote and memory....
  • Meriel 22 Mar, 2021 at 7:01 pm on Colours and more ….We do enjoy your memories , David. You have had such an interesting and varied life..... so much to enjoy, and for us to appreciate...
  • Chris Keppie 21 Mar, 2021 at 12:12 am on Zoom with a ViewDitto to all comments above! Brilliant contributions from all in that event - including on MND Association’s research, approach, and “cautious optimism”; on various ways...
  • Camilla 20 Mar, 2021 at 7:08 pm on Sleepover …It sounds like they were very thorough and hopefully the techniques you discussed will be helpful. A rather exhausting night though...I hope you’ve rested since...
  • Libby Rolls 18 Mar, 2021 at 7:46 pm on Zoom with a ViewSo very moving. Words fail me but emotions running high.
  • Valerie 18 Mar, 2021 at 4:26 pm on A Night without Alice …Hello David. Think you’re getting Rolls Royce treatment from the NHS. They must be very impressed to have a patient who is appreciative of their...
  • MERIEL 18 Mar, 2021 at 3:21 pm on Zoom with a ViewI can only reflect Janet's comments above, which sum up my thoughts entirely. Well done, all of your production "team" ..it was truly wonderful and...
  • Tony 17 Mar, 2021 at 12:22 pm on Jab 2, a memory and a trophyI remember it well, David. For Oxford not only to win the game but to do so by hitting the winning shot into our box...
  • Janet 16 Mar, 2021 at 6:44 pm on Zoom with a ViewDear Dave, of all your many achievements through life, this must surely be amongst the finest and most admirable. To do this showed such courage...
  • Janet 16 Mar, 2021 at 5:50 pm on All the latest ….Thank you, again, for sharing. It's very hard to read but even harder to write, I'm sure, and unimaginably hard for you to live with...
  • Herman (as from Louis Armstrong) 16 Mar, 2021 at 2:41 pm on Zoom with a View“What a Wonderful World”
  • Minji 15 Mar, 2021 at 8:01 am on Cultural Storytelling – Dear DavidHi David, thanks for a wonderful event which was informative, inspiring and extremely well organised. This whole project made all of us reflect on life...
  • Ann M 14 Mar, 2021 at 5:29 pm on Yawn …And all instructions followed very precisely, of course.
  • Herman 14 Mar, 2021 at 2:56 pm on Yawn …Hope you enjoy the change of scene on Wednesday. It's the season of daffodils.
  • Shonagh 14 Mar, 2021 at 2:08 pm on Jab 2, a memory and a trophyGreat photograph David. Lots of love as always and good luck on 17th.
  • NC 13 Mar, 2021 at 10:57 pm on Cultural Storytelling – Dear DavidTrust it goes well tomorrow - Break a leg or two !
  • Lesley 12 Mar, 2021 at 9:30 am on Jab 2, a memory and a trophyBoat Race yes I recall one of those!
  • Janet 11 Mar, 2021 at 8:52 pm on In case you’re interested ….Sorry! Thought my first one didn't submit !
  • Janet 11 Mar, 2021 at 8:49 pm on In case you’re interested ….Your thoughts echo many of mine, Dave. Although I feel you give them more benefit of the doubt, than I do! Whatever their motives their...
  • Janet 11 Mar, 2021 at 5:54 pm on In case you’re interested ….You voice many of my own thoughts, Dave. I am unsure why they did it and why now when there has been such true suffering...
  • Janet 11 Mar, 2021 at 5:31 pm on Cultural Storytelling – Dear DavidDo hope all goes on Sunday and that many are able to join you. Shall be thinking of you. It's such a great idea and...
  • Meriel Best 11 Mar, 2021 at 5:24 pm on In case you’re interested ….I hesitate to give an opinion, as so much comment has been made already in the media. However, what crossed my mind when I read...
  • MERIEL 11 Mar, 2021 at 5:18 pm on Jab 2, a memory and a trophyGlass in hand, naturally!
  • Chris 11 Mar, 2021 at 1:24 pm on Jab 2, a memory and a trophyBrilliant piece, Peace! You just need a sub-plot about events with an American on the boundary of the women's game, and a prize pig on...
  • Stephen J Mennell 11 Mar, 2021 at 12:33 pm on In case you’re interested ….Dear David I'd like to agree wholly with you, but I have some reservations. I agree that it was probably unwise for the Sussexes to...
  • DP 9 Mar, 2021 at 2:30 pm on Trying to spread the word ….Sorry. Should have responded earlier. When you register the automated response will say that the organiser will contact you with details. Minji will do that....
  • Camilla 9 Mar, 2021 at 9:36 am on Trying to spread the word ….Fantastic Dave - I bet it took a lot of hard work, effort and energy - we will of course watch. Lots and lots of...
  • DP 8 Mar, 2021 at 8:08 pm on Too many mosquitoes …Your reputation precedes you ...
  • Janet 8 Mar, 2021 at 5:09 pm on Too many mosquitoes …Sock mending was obviously crucial! I wonder how many of the phrases you and Malc found useful on your travels! Do feel it's a shame...
  • Michael 8 Mar, 2021 at 3:43 pm on Too many mosquitoes …The chambermaid never comes when I ring either…
  • Nick 8 Mar, 2021 at 6:49 am on Trying to spread the word ….Will we need to Get the app for Eventbrite to redeem ticket and access your event this Sunday ? Sounds brilliant. Massive effort. Cant wait....
  • Chris 7 Mar, 2021 at 10:21 pm on Trying to spread the word ….Sounds brilliant and so important, of course. Thank you Minji, Tim, Tony, Dave and all... Signed up - look forward to seeing you then x...
  • Camilla 7 Mar, 2021 at 7:23 pm on Anyone for cricket ….?Fantastic news that you had your second jab so quickly Dave!! Absolutely amazing how it's being rolled out... I hope you haven't had any side...
  • Camilla 7 Mar, 2021 at 7:17 pm on The Full English …I'm so sorry you can't enjoy a Full English any more Dave, and you are just amazing to still write in such a lighthearted way,...
  • Janet 6 Mar, 2021 at 5:38 pm on Anyone for cricket ….?I know that Malc had some great outings here with you. And remember that you had some memorable match stories! I shall look forward to...
  • Nancy 4 Mar, 2021 at 10:38 pm on The Full English …I adore a Full English! Many years ago I went to the Edinburgh Festival. The B&B served a fabulous breakfast - I didn't have to...
  • Chris 4 Mar, 2021 at 3:50 pm on The Full English …Ha! Not sure what Dad would make of this toast! I’d have raised a Black Country black pudding if I’d had one to hand too.....
  • Barbara johnson 4 Mar, 2021 at 3:01 pm on The Full English …How do you keep so cheerful but then you do have the Fisher genes in you
  • Keith Cocker 4 Mar, 2021 at 1:21 pm on The Full English …Hello David. Funnily enough, I cooked myself a “Full English” last week. Breakfast is normally Orange Juice, Cereal and coffee but I decided to treat...
  • Nick 4 Mar, 2021 at 11:35 am on The Full English …Oh the good Ole days of the Buscot Dairy Cafe opposite you, was a great Greasy Spoon - and I’m sure for many, some memorable...
  • DP 3 Mar, 2021 at 7:04 pm on The Full English …It's a first! First time I've been toasted in beans on toast!
  • Chris Keppie 3 Mar, 2021 at 2:39 pm on The Full English …I don’t know how you manage to combine this brilliant awareness raising of the wretchedness of MND (and yet with some reassurances for others with...
  • C.B.Rathbone 1 Mar, 2021 at 10:51 am on Grateful but uneasy ….Emergency operations seem to be in a different world from 'routine' operations. I have been fortunate never to have needed a 'routine' operation which could...
  • Janet 28 Feb, 2021 at 6:27 pm on Grateful but uneasy ….I don't think that you should feel uneasy or have qualms about have your op., Dave. As you say, your situation was critical, and, hopefully,...
  • Herman 26 Feb, 2021 at 2:48 pm on Fact? Rumour? Fantasy?Dear David, Could you be visualised on this map eleven years ago? On18 January 2010 I was delighted to receive an email from you in...
  • P 26 Feb, 2021 at 9:19 am on Fact? Rumour? Fantasy?By 'this' I meant this (of course): https://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/14745/a-new-and-accurate-map-of-nubia-abissinia-together-with-a-bowen
  • P 25 Feb, 2021 at 3:07 pm on Fact? Rumour? Fantasy?You seem to have a more monochrome version of this Emmanuel Bowen map from 1744. But you already knew that...... Just having a bit of...
  • 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...