Piston Broke Again

“How long will that job take?” my wife asked, as I headed into the garage. I hate this question. Years of classic car ownership have taught me that fixing that annoying but almost certainly harmless rattle from under the dashboard will either take...

The Tonic Podcast: Lifetime hobbies and passions

How do your interests and passions change over time? Comedian Simon Evans and his friend Ross discuss this, and muse on why their children don’t like scenery, in the second episode of our podcast.   Share this:ShareClick to share on...

Will we ever get married?

I always cry at weddings. I’m a sucker for romance and I love the moment when two are finally pronounced one. But at a wedding last summer my tears fell for an entirely different reason: envy. The happy couple repeated the words that would make them...

Every picture tells a story

He may not have realised it at the time, but Derek Ridgers’ ‘casual snaps of interesting-looking people’ would serve as a unique visual record of subcultural style. Derek Ridgers is a documentary portraiture photographer, best known for his images...

Homoeopathy; brave new world or load of nonsense?

Over-50s put more faith in the internet than in their GP and, while many may be on prescribed meds, a vast number it seems would rather go the homeopathic route. On a rare visit to my doctor’s surgery, my GP expressed great surprise when I told her...

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