Richard Coles

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Smashing khazi door at @thepottersclub in Stoke.
Just back from @thepottersclub in Stoke at a fundraiser for @DonnaLouiseUK and @DougieMacStoke hospices. It’s like The Cattleman’s Club in Dallas only no Stetsons. They were great fun and gave me a splendid jug.
The great Sir Malcolm Arnold’s centenary today, one of the few sons of Northamptonshire shoe manufacturers to have achieved a gold disc #justsayin @BBCRadio3
It is the bicentenary of the birth of Sims Reeves, the greatest tenor in Victorian England, whose rider included his favourite soup and special wallpaper. His fee per performance was £25k in today’s values, and Come Into The Garden Maude was written for him.
Why do senior politicians keep us all waiting when they schedule news conferences?
It is the tenth anniversary of the death of Colonel Gadaffi, killed by militia in the Libyan Civil War who found him hiding in a culvert in Sirte, an ignominious end to his forty year dictatorship. He is the only dictator to have lived in Beaconsfield.
Splendid dinner at @UniNorthants tonight in honour of our brilliant Pro Chancellor and retiring Lord Lieutenant David Laing. We gave him a skateboard.
Lines on being 59 and a half. The structure of funds from my pension is chosen, My back is in spasm, my shoulder is frozen, My cheeks are not rosy but flushed with rosacea, I’m thinking of switching from Skoda to Dacia.
Man at hotel breakfast eating his sausages and tomatoes like one of Goya’s Black Paintings.
This is sadly true: the funding to fight brain cancer is simply inadequate, & it’s the type of cancer that claims more under-40s than any other. I’m proud to be one of the many patrons of ⁦⁦@BrainTumourOrg⁩ who want this to change for the better. bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-…
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I can’t think of many enticements that fail to live up to their promise more wretchedly than train Wi-Fi.
Billionaires getting rides on space ships is a bit like aristocrats having stations built just for their estates when the railways came through, don’t you think?
Sorry to hear of the death of Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State and the only Chair of the Joint Chefs of Staff to have spoken Yiddish.
Sparrowhawk lunching at the Vicarage.
The present claimant to the Jacobite succession is Franz, Duke of Bavaria, the only head of a royal dynasty to acknowledge a same sex partner, Thomas Greinwald. And they have dachshunds.
The centenary of the death of Ludwig III of Bavaria who succeeded not one but two mad kings. He married Queen Mary IV and III, according to Jacobites, became known as the Dairy Farmer, and had a daughter called Princess Dietlinde Gundelinde, Countess of Preysing-Lichtenegg-Moos.
Lovely to hear Alan Hawkshaw’s (RIP) Countdown theme in @BBCRadio3 on the day I got to Manchester to scriggle once again into Dictionary Corner.
And now VW’s organ setting of Rhosymedre - I love it so much we had it at David’s funeral @BBCRadio3
It’s not de bois it’s de stuck in the kitchen beating its tiny wings hysterically against the window pane #slighthangover
It’s the 930th anniversary of the London Tornado. London Bridge and the church of St Mary le Bow were blown away in the first recorded tornado in England.
Sun smiting the sausage rolls at Evensong tonight.
Are you listening to Michael Symmons Roberts’ adaptation of #ParadiseLost for @BBCRadio4? It’s restoring to us a lost treasure. BRAVO! bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09…
Two boys on the train, lively and bright, discussing with equal enthusiasm and expertise block chain technologies and tae kwon do.
Don’t worry about saving Christmas. Christmas can take care of itself. In fact don’t worry about anything except doing right by the people you love and care for and who live and care for you - and try not to be a nincompoop.
Knitter, activist, husband, dad, jumpeyinthewaterman mcjumpey face @TomDaley1994 on #bbcsaturdaylive tomorrow.
At the end of a horrible day Lucia Popp singing Rusalka’s Song to the Moon. Silvery moon in the velvet sky Oh, once in awhile, stay with me Tell me where is my love? Oh, once in awhile, stay with me Tell me where is my love… where? youtu.be/yvenKSl2AG8
The nameless joy of going to bed at 8.41.
David Amess has died. RIP. Condolences and the assurance of prayers for all who mourn his death.
Very shocking to hear of another attack on an MP holding a constituency surgery. Access to our representatives is essential for our democracy and and an attack on one is an attack on that system. Prayers for David Amess and all affected will be offered this evening.
Isn’t @JManrara brilliant on #ItTakesTwo? I love her!
'There's something about the impossibility of tying #Parables down that makes me love them more' @paulargooder and @RevRichardColes online conversation goes live next week - more info, free tickets and donate if you can here stpaulsresources.co.uk/upcoming-onlin… @StPaulsLondon @canterburypress
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Man with brilliant French accent on Today right now!
My brilliant brother in law turns up with a takeaway curry and a bonne bouche of these:
Hearing GREAT THINGS about our @NigelSlater’s new book.
Good morning! This is Sekstur from Vendsyssel by the @DanishQuartet. You’re meant to dance around peat to it, but handbags will do youtu.be/qlsVuhD0AaQ
I really like the unsmart end of Cheltenham.
My physiotherapy has become quite the spectator sport.
I am having to lie on the floor because of my back while Daisy looks down on me.
My back has locked up and I am hobbling with a stick, wincing dramatically. The only thing that makes the pain bearable is the Danish String Quartet playing folk jauntily.
It’s the 50th anniversary of the most expensive party ever held. The Shah of Iran invited 600 guests to celebrate 2,500 years of the Iranian Empire. A six hour banquet was served in a tented city built at Persepolis. It cost $22m. By the end of the decade he was deposed.
You may not cross the threshold much but if you value your parish church please have a look at this. twitter.com/friendschurche…
#comingoutday2021 Mine was a year away but I think there were subtle signs that it was arriving.
'The Parables should come with a health-warning - reading them can seriously affect your faith!' Watch a clip from @RevRichardColes and @paulargooder's #Parables conversation and register free for the full thing here stpaulsresources.co.uk/upcoming-onlin… @StPaulsLondon @canterburypress
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And now I’ve done my back in.
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