Category Archives: England

In Vino Veritas or Oblivio

Back in the summer of 1985 I resided on the grounds of Osbourne House, Victoria’s palace on the Solent. I shared a cottage with Vonelli, a retired CIA agent. His cover was that he was an art dealer. No one believed the native Floridian, but the hotel was a special place and attracted special people. […]

Dreams of Fast Cars

I am planning a trip to Thailand. My English friends have called with a request to break the JFK-Bangkok flight with a JFK-Heathrow landing. I love them all, but unfortunately for the Limeys I missed my children too much to deviate from my flight plans, although last night a dream transported my unconsciousness wish to […]

EVERYDAY DRINKING by Kingsley Amis

Not everyone is cut out to be a drinker. It’s an exacting devotion. Appreciation and dedication are not to be found at TGIFs or mall beer joints, unless the serious drinker has no other choice, since everyone knows that drinking alone is a serious indication of alcoholism. As long as there’s one other living person […]

THE SEASON FOR GIVING by Peter Nolan Smith

Early on the morning of December 24, 1985 Vonelli, Lizzie and I boarded a train at Gard Du Nord. I could see my breath. The winter damp had a good hold on Paris. Lizzie exhaled a thick cloud of smoke. The singer liked her Gaulloises. Lord Ventnor had invited us to spend the Christmas Holiday […]

Boxing Day England

Boxing Day has been a strictly English holiday dating back to the Middle Ages when the lower class received hand-outs from their feudal overlords. In early capitalist times the box was clay pot containing the year’s tips for the underclasses from their betters and on December 26 the year’s bonus would be doled out to […]