Trading Life

The young Japanese equity trader’s body was pulled from the icy water a mile downstream at Bermondsey. The speeches and awards at the London Head Office Christmas party the previous night were meant to be the highlight of the corporate calendar but with nothing to celebrate Koichi-san had slipped outside with Charlotte to smoke. Moored … Continue reading Trading Life

In the soup!

The first bread roll was thrown directly after grace. As HRH The Duke of Gloucester and honoured guests of the PG Wodehouse Society’s biennial dinner took their seats in the magnificent Lincoln’s Inn Hall, the opening shot plopped into his bowl of pea and mint soup. ‘I’m terribly sorry, your Grace,’ beaked the Society’s chairman. … Continue reading In the soup!


As Professor of Philology and Ancient Literature at Cambridge University and Fellow of Newnham College, I was recently obliged to catch a train into London to deliver a speech at the Royal Academy of Arts. I was appalled at having to open the door into First Class, carry my own briefcase, straighten the cotton antimacassar … Continue reading Querimonia!