Author Archives: rimboval

About rimboval

Writer, thinker and proud grandfather

Whom to marry 2

Watching the latest Bachelorette poses again the questions we raised in November 2019. It is a reality dating show in which a personable young woman is provided with a number of candidates jostling for her hand in marriage. Like its … Continue reading

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Underneath in Scotland

Deep in the thickets of Victorian antiquarianism, Scottish menswear explained: “The belted plaid was the original dress. It is precisely that of a savage, who, finding a web of cloth he had not skill to frame into a garment, wrapt … Continue reading

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A coming storm

Up till now, I have been fairly optimistic about the coronavirus pandemic but I am increasingly discouraged by events.  Specifically, what is it going to look like on the other side, once we get through this?  Some commentators talk of … Continue reading

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Battlefield prediction

For years I have tried to trace, but without success, the original source of this outstanding quotation, supposedly an aphorism of Moltke the Elder: the actual wording is as I recall it: “In war, the enemy will have three courses … Continue reading

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The fall of princes

For the best comment about Prince Andrew, recall this remark by Edward Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written in 1764: “The generality of princes, once stripped of the purple and cast naked into the world, … Continue reading

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Whom to marry

Spurred on by family word-of-mouth, we have been streaming the hit TV show The Bachelor, in both its American and British versions, and enjoying it.  The experience is both weird and compelling: distasteful on first viewing, but full of benign, … Continue reading

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UK’s perfect storm

For British politics now, the truth is that we are living through a fivefold crisis, unfolding horrors every day; trapped in a nightmare from which there seems no escape. An existential crisis: the very concept of the Union is now … Continue reading

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Apocalypse soon

Accessing the media nowadays risks plunging into a sea of grime and gloom. At this stage in human history there appears to be so much to go wrong.  But this is true of any age.  The feeling has been personified … Continue reading

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The Russians are coming

My own take on the CBW attack in Salisbury is that it has three objectives and plays to three distinct audiences.  The first objective was to carry put a live-firing exercise to see if the Novichok agent could be used … Continue reading

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When the cars came

An interesting old picture postcard appears on the Hanslope village noticeboard this week.  It shows our High Street as it was in 1907: completely empty save for a family on bicycles, stopping to have their picture taken on a sunny … Continue reading

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