Hoots & Havers by James Irvine Robertson

I found myself acting as an assessor in the local polling station for the Euro election. We ticked off the voters as they came in, let them browse across the table holding 25 bits of paper each extolling the virtues of one of the candidates. They would take a sheaf of...

 
09 April 2016

Two or three times a year I put my back out. It causes the most exquisite pain that I have so far had to endure. I first did it in about 1978 when I bent over a roll of black silage plastic and tried to pick it up. There was a cracking sound and I remained on my knees for the following...

 

I live in the department of the Tarn et Garonne. Perthshire has about 60% of its population. In France the principal administrative division is the General Council of the department. In our case the next tier down is one of two arrondissments. Ours contains about 70,000 people. This is...

 

I’m a great fan of West Wing and I’m just coming to the end of a Borgen fest. These are both riveting TV serials about political chicanery in the US and Denmark respectively. It must be that all politics are the same for the drama going on the election for maire of the commune in...