Saturday 17 December 2022


'At the height of the IRA’s terrorist campaign on mainland Britain in December 1974, a bomb was lobbed through the front window of the In & Out – the Naval and Military Club, then in Piccadilly. Exploding, it knocked everyone off their feet, including the barman Robbins, and trashed the Long Bar. But in the silence that followed came the unwavering request of senior member Commander Vaughan Williams: ‘Another pink gin please, Robbins.’'

Tim Newark, The Spectator, 13 August 2022

'It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.' 

Jiddu Krishnamurti

'A society in which conjugal infidelity is tolerated must always be in the long run a society adverse to women. Women, whatever a few male songs and satires may say to the contrary, are more naturally monogamous than men; it is a biological necessity. Where promiscuity prevails, they will therefore always be more often the victims than the culprits. Also, domestic happiness is more necessary to them than to us. And the quality by which they most easily hold a man, their beauty, decreases every year after they have come to maturity, but this does not happen to those qualities of personality—women don’t really care twopence for our looks—by which we hold women.'

C.S. Lewis in his essay “We Have No Right to Happiness,” which he wrote shortly before he died in 1963.

'It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.'

Marcus Aurelius

'The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.'

William Morris

'Kings live in Palaces, and Pigs in sties,
And youth in Expectation. Youth is wise.'

Hilaire Belloc


  1. Yes women do care about looks that is why at uni all the good looking girls are with the good looking guys or with their teachers .Exceptions come later after the women realise that keeping the best looking guy is nigh on impossible as he has so many offers to have fun so other ideas come into play like success , status, controllability, humour , personality etc.. looks are compromised for other qualities .

  2. Pink gin sounds interesting enough [much catching up to do]

    1. Gin and Angostura bitters. I have some Angostura bitters bought when I was an undergraduate: perhaps I should make it if I can find gin in Romania.