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Posted over 5 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS Charity Balls, like Golf Days and busses, seem to come along in threes. Yet whereas shotgun starts and four balls’ is all part of a sport I have never had an interest in, I will rarely say no to a good meal, a...

Posted over 5 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

What was supposed to be a gentle stroll for David Philpott soon turned into a reverie about the lives of the ancients in the Medway Valley on a muddy day in January. WALKING WITH GIANTS “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

In recent months we have had to come to terms with the fact that Britain is not so great after all - not on account of a declining empire - but rather because some of our most trusted institutions have failed us. In this article, David Philpott has high...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

On a long weekend break to Andalusia, David Philpott meets some people who agree with Belinda Carlisle that heaven indeed is a place on earth. BRITVILLE About an hour or so eastwards along the Mediterranean Highway- some distance in miles away from the...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Question: What do you do when citizens of other countries fail to show the remotest courtesy on a boat trip? Answer. Your form an alliance with the Americans and outflank them with military precision. FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY As we arrived on the jetty,...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Abandoning the airless stupefying atmosphere of the boardroom, David Philpott joined a group of young people that took their deliberations to the monkey bars and the rope swing this past weekend, wishing perhaps that all his board meeting could be like...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Ambitions to become Archbishop of Canterbury he has not, but as David Philpott shows, hanging around in cathedrals means you can meet interesting people and develop fascinating ideas. THE ONLY WAY IS ETHICS ‘That’s two cathedrals in one week’...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

There is no better place than the Island of Malta, if one wants to allow one's mind to drfit away and go wherever it will take you. After all, that's what holiday's are all about. 50 THINGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME. As I sit here in my hotel room with views...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

David Philpott exhorts mums and dads to get out their picnic hampers and prepare for a day on the banks of the Thames at Hampton Court - the perfect antidote for bored kids on a warm summer's day. JONI MITCHELL’S SEASONS’ IN THE SUN AN HAMPTON...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Not the best selling book of the same name, but Councillor Kevin Lynes who left this terrestrial ball rather suddenly a little over a week ago. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN ‘Who the hell is Kevin Lynes?’ I had asked Debbie, the Institute of...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Better late than never as David Philpott writes an early morning blog about Elvis Doppelgängers in Southend on Sea and the best Bangladeshi food this side of Dhaka CALLING ELVIS It is a measure of both the success and failure of my business life that...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Unprotected by a proper bodyguard - intrepid explorer David Philpott ventures into "Kosovo" and has a bare hands fight with a lion. Or maybe not..... NOT LIKE THAT. JUST LIKE THAT! When we all sat on this very veranda this morning - waiting to be taken...

Posted over 6 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Fear and dread of 2012 were dissipated for David Philpott as the New Year arrived in Paris. And all with a kiss and the realisation that we can make something of those . Fireworks on the Champs - Élysées I have to admit that for a long long...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

"A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country "- so say the scriptures. It is also true that Kent's finest musical duo - whilst enjoying international acclaim - remains relatively unknown here in Blighty. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

There is only so much politics that you can take in a week. Unless of course you are Louise Mensch MP, who seems to Tweet for England. This week, gawks and stares in the Palace of Westminster and engages in bar room banter at Priestfield. LORDS A LEAPING...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

It was all very theatrical for David Philpott in Royal last week as the old maxim "A picture paints a thousand words"~ proved itself true once again. But it left him wondering what to wear in the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday. THEATRE OF DREAMS Lest...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Three Welshmen walk into a pub in Kent and tales of lettuces and the mighty Steuau Bucharest are told. David Philpott reflects on a rather usual Saturday night in Ashford. FORGET GAVIN & STACEY. I GIVE YOU TERRY, PETER AND LEWIS. When Carmen had suggested...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Forget Downton Abbey. David Philpott tells a tale of upstairs-downstairs, fireworks and lashings and lashings of cream. HOW MR. BATES WAS LOST IN SPACE AT LEEDS CASTLE “Choosing the music for this is one of the most fun things I get to do all year”...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Places like people suffer prejudice. This week, David Philpott speaks about the joy of discovering the City of Bristol - hitherto avoided on the basis of preconceptions - but henceforth embraced as a great place to while away a few days. SHIP SHAPE AND...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

A week that was supposed to be all about golf had some surprising twists and turns for David Philpott, not least when he crawled along the south circular. As his mind filled with nice thoughts about the good people of Swindon and boyhood misdemeanours...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

We are all familiar with those readers letters to The Daily Telegraph from retired army officers, invariably signed off "Angry of Tunbridge Wells". In similar vein, David Philpott has a light hearted tongue-in- cheek rank at Perfect Polly and Sainted...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

David Philpott came over all cultured last week as he was immersed in the world of Edwardian and Normal architecture. Nothing thrilled him more though, than learning about a King and his monkey business and an English World Heritage site that is in fact...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

With Autumn just around the corner, David Philpott recommends a Saturday trip to Deal, before the cold weather sets in and gale force winds impede your promenading. Can it really be the bohemian-meets-classy-meets-chic kind of a place that he purports...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Some people just do not know how to write. They cannot spell. They do not understand grammar and their prose reads like a doctor's prescription. However, every once in a while, you get something written to you that should never be corrected or improved...

Posted over 7 years ago by David Philpott with 0 comments

Was it grumpy old man syndrome or plain world weariness last week, that made David Philpott decide that travelling home from London was just not for him, no matter how much he always anticipated his little sorties into the great city on the outward journey...