In his latest Country Diary, see The Guardian, 31/12/16, Jim Perrin ended with a personal message of ‘my blessings’ to Brendon Cox, bereaved husband of Jo—the young politician most viciously murdered—and to their children. But: really is the Country Diary an appropriate stage for Jim Perrin to be giving out ‘[his] blessings’? And was he taking too much upon himself to have written in that way and in a ‘diary’ which by definition is devoted to ‘countryside’ matters?
In our opinion Jim Perrin is adept at evasion and it is to this end that he changes his residences so frequently.
When we posted Jim Perrin moves on again? 9/10/14, we knew he had been living in Harlech for about a year, (although moving back and forth from his ‘bolt-hole’ in Ariège—perhaps he means to retire there?), and so unpopular had he become that a rock was thrown through the car windscreen: He said he had to leave Harlech for the sake of his health…
There were at least two further moves—to rental accommodation—before he settled, for the time being, in the village of Drefach Felindre in Carmarthenshire. Still he succeeds in evading the clutches of the Child Maintenance Service (formerly the CSA) by the simple expedient, we may assume, of ignoring them. As they do now have his current address he is already making plans to leave and we think, that based on his previous propensity for avoiding them, this will not be unconnected. Continue reading
We almost missed an excellent initiative by a group of writers, back in January of this year, in petitioning Oxford University Press to reverse their exclusion from the Oxford Junior Dictionary of many examples of the vocabulary and vernacular of British nature — including, incredibly, ‘acorn’, ‘bluebell’, ‘conker’ — in some misguided attempt at ‘modernisation’. We ask you!!! Continue reading