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Richard Fox · 1M ago

August/September 2017 garden diary

Virginia Creeper – autumn is on the way Rose – so fragile Hylotelephium spectabile (a sedum – we think this one is known as the Ice Plant) Sedum spectabile – as above, but the more popular s...
Richard Fox · 1M ago

Oliver Cromwell steams through March

Coming back from the council rubbish dump on Sunday, I wondered why so many people were gathered at the nearby level crossing. It turned out that the preserved steam locomotive 70013 Oliver ...
Richard Fox · 1M ago

Performance: Gaudete

This is a video of my livestream (Periscope) broadcast of Gaudete, the 16th century Christmas carol which was a hit for Steeleye Span in 1973. You can follow my live broadcasts by downloadin...
Richard Fox · 1M ago

One liners from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe

The top fifteen funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe: 1. “I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change” – Ken Cheng 2. “Trump’s nothing like Hitler. There’s no ...
Richard Fox · 1M ago

Three Clares: (1) Gilbert de Clare

The name ‘Clare’ seems to have followed me around for as long as I can remember … Gilbert de Clare was responsible for the construction of a building which played a very important part in my...
Richard Fox · 3M ago

June/July 2017 garden diary

Rose (1) – all the roses in our new house are as yet unidentified 😦 Rose (2) Rose (3) Rose (4) Rose (5) Twisted Willow (before pruning) Twisted Willow (after pruning) Lavender, Pansies and P...
Richard Fox · 3M ago

Keeping alive the idea of extending lifespans

I’m just re-reading John Wyndham‘s classic Trouble with Lichen, so I was attracted to the idea of watching a local TV (That’s Cambridge) re-run of the 1962 film of his 1951 masterpiece The D...
Richard Fox · 4M ago

New song: Best Be Gone

Check out my latest composition, Best Be Gone. You can see it on Periscope here (if any problems, use the Chrome browser).   Filed under: Uncategorised
Richard Fox · 4M ago

May 2017 garden diary

Chives and mint Aquilegia (amongst the roses) Astrantia (just the one …) Campanula Ceanothus (early pink Clematis on the fence) Foxglove (1) Foxglove (2) Heuchera Holly (variegated) Honeysuc...
Richard Fox · 4M ago

Hot under the collar about the elective dictatorship?

“I’m feeling a bit strangled”, said Lord Hailsham. “Have you got any size 18s?” “I’ll have a look, sir”, I said. He wasn’t asking about shirts. In the late 1960s, it was still fairly commonp...