Happy Holiday by Trevor Plumbly

As I’ve said before, it’s an odd time for me, between the gathering, the going and the silence that follows. Since I don’t travel well, the going away only affects me at one remove. This I regard as something of a blessing as I find the chorus cataloguing the essentials along with the main verse of ‘have I packed???’ is best left to one person if sanity and matrimonial harmony are to be preserved. After the departure, with a few ‘don’t forget to’s’ still rattling around the old brain, I knuckle down to organising… Read More

Missing by Emily Smart

I have been watching very closely from afar the events that are unfolding in the case of the missing British girl Madeleine McCann. Anyone with any connection to the UK and possibly most of Europe will no doubt be familiar with the case. On Thursday 3 May 2007 while holidaying in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve region of Portugal, three year old Madeleine was taken from her apartment one night while her 18 month old twin siblings slept and her parents dined with friends at a nearby… Read More

The Confessions of a Tin Opener by Trevor Plumbly

As the car drove off, I faced a few days fending for myself and I realised that it wasn’t going to be quite as simple or relaxing as it once was. The old system worked fine in a big house; the washing, dishes, pots and empties could be ignored until the eve-of-return blitz. In a small cottage however, some sort of system would need to be followed to get the full benefit out of my temporary return to batchelorhood. First, a quick stock-take: the liquids were easy, tea, a few beers and… Read More