The Anonymous Widower

All I wanted For Christmas Was A Short-Sleeved Dressing Gown

If it is one thing that annoys me, is a dressing gown, with long voluminous sleeves.

So I asked my son and son-in-law to get me one with short sleeves.

I have worn it to do the washing up and I’m wearing it, whilst writing this post.

December 26, 2020 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

The Lady In High Heels

As I walked along the travelator to the Jubilee Line, I was passed by a lady walking fast in the space between the two moving walkways.

She was striking from behind in a short leather skirt and very high heels. Almost as if to show herself off, she was carrying her lightweight coat over her arm.

It got me thinking about C; my late wife.

In the 1960s, she wore skirts, as short as any girl does today, but she never ever wore heels higher than four or five centimetres or so!

She even got married to me in flat shoes!

But she did show herself off and would deliberately click her heels as perhaps she walked between tables in a high class restaurant. I remember her doing this in a Michelin-starred restaurant in London and when I told her how all the mainly-male diners had followed her with their eyes, she was obviously pleased.

December 3, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Environmentally-Friendly Dry Cleaning

In the late-1960s, when I worked for ICI, the company was very worried about the effect of dry-cleaning chemicals on the health of workers and was constantly looking for better chemicals.

I suspect as that was fifty years ago, that the dry-cleaning process itself is very much more envionmentally friendly.

But look at these trousers, that I have just brought back from the dry cleaners.

There are two things wrong with the packaging.

The awful wire coat hangers, which are a nuisance to deal with and go straight in the bin.

The plastic wrapping over the top, which I assume is not recyclable.

Years ago in Suffolk, we had a man who collected and returned our bed linen from the laundry, once a week. I can’t remember the company, but I hope they’re still going, as they did an excellent service.

They then started doing dry cleaning and they gave you the choice of having it on hangers or neatly folded in tissue paper.

I remember we chose the latter, as it was so much more convenient.

C would then put things that needed a hanger on proper wooden ones.

With the worries around plastic getting into the oceans, surely we should stop this needless wrapping of dry cleaning with plastic and fold things neatly in tissue paper!

I look forward to seeing a dry-cleaners, that says that we don’t use plastic!

November 25, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | 5 Comments

Dressing To Win!

I am not being sexist in this post, as I think it applies just as much to men as women.

My late wife, C was always immaculately dressed for her appearances as a barrister in Court. I know too, from a lunch I had with a retired judge, who she regularly appeared in front of, that she would dress appropriately for the case and those in Court.

The judge also said, she made sure she was the centre of attention and as the judge said, she dressed to win.

C was considered by her peers to be a very competent lawyer, but several times she expressed doubts about her skills to me, so I do wonder, if she used clothes to give herself confidence.

I think that both Theresa May and Hillary Clinton don’t dress to win and both of them have lost!

How many times in their campaigns were they seen in plain bog-standard clothes, that made them look ordinary?

I can hear the words of C, in my ears, as she criticises their dress sense.

Incidentally, she always made sure, I was well-turned out!


June 9, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Is The BBC Dropping Its Dress Standards?

I clipped this picture of sports reporter, Sally Nugent on BBC Breakfast this morning.

Sally Nugent On BBC Breakfast

Sally Nugent On BBC Breakfast

I couldn’t quite get a picture that showed the striped shorts fully.

Why not?

After all recently, in an article on a swimming pool, the presenter (male!) was persuaded to strip off and do a report from the water.

July 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

An Encounter With A Latex Lady

As I descended in the lift in the Ibis hotel in Dresden to brave the weather and explore the city, I was joined by a couple aged about forty, who as he was carrying a folded umbrella and she was wearing a short black, buckled and belted, expensive-looking mac, were obviously better prepared for the weather than I was.

She man was beside me and she stood opposite us on the other side of the lift directly facing us, pulling poses at her partner!

It was then that I noticed that the mac was exceedingly short and that I couldn’t see any skirt or trousers beneath. I did think to myself, that that was sensible given the foul weather and it was then that I noticed she was wearing shiny black latex tights . On her feet were a pair of absolutely flat lightweight black leather shoes. Nothing fetishistic at all!

Leaving the lift they walked straight out of the door to wherever they were going, whilst I walked downtown.

It all reminded me of an evening about twelve years ago, where C had handled the divorce for a lady, to whom fetish clothing was no stranger. Although, C did say, that their sexual habits and preferences had contributed to the breakdown of the marriage. After the case, the lady gave C a pair of latex tights, that she said C might like to try.

As in Dresden that evening was very wet and let’s say it was very enjoyable.

June 13, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Brighton Police And White Helmets

After my visit to Brighton, where at the football, I saw a few police in their traditional custodian helmets, I remembered that in the 1960s I’d seen images of policemen in the town in white helmets.

Then this article on the BBC web site entitled Just how practical is a traditional Bobby’s helmet?

The article says this about Brighton’s white helmets.

From the 1930s to the 1960s, police in Brighton and Hove wore white helmets in the summer, as they kept the head cooler. This discontinued when they became part of Sussex Police.

Perhaps it is an idea that may come back in another form.

As an aside, a friend in the sixties was a Metropolitan policeman, who served for a time in Anguilla in 1969.

Because of the heat instead of their standard police shirts, the police who went to the island, were issued with special Van Heusen tropical shirts in an appropriate colour.

When he returned to normal duties in London, he once told me, that the shirts were invaluable on hot days.

January 24, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

My First New Year Resolution

Over two years ago, I said I was looking for a short-sleeved dressing gown.

I still am!

After just chasing several things on the floor with my sleeves, it’s time, I bought an ordinary one and cut the sleeves down.

It’s not as though, I can’t afford it!

January 4, 2015 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

Am I Pedantic?

There is an old joke about surgeons operating on electrical engineers, saying they like doing it as everything is colour-coded. I did find a version of the joke here.

Five surgeons were taking a coffee break and were discussing their work.

The first said, “I think accountants are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is numbered.”

The second said, “I think librarians are the easiest to operate on. You open them up and everything inside is in alphabetical order.”

The third said, “I like to operate on electricians. You open them up and everything inside is color-coded.”

The fourth one said, “I like to operate on lawyers. They’re heartless, spineless and gutless.”

The fifth surgeon says “I like engineers . They always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end.”  

I sometimes can be very disorganised, but I’m also very pedantic. This morning, after sorting my washing, I had two socks left over; one blue and one red.

Two Odd Socks

Two Odd Socks

I’d obviously put one red and one blue together whilst sorting them out.

I must be one of the only people I know, who would sort through the sock balls to find the other odd pair.

Luckily, they were only the third pair I checked.

So now I can sleep soundly, knowing that I don’t have two pairs of odd socks in the drawer.



December 20, 2014 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment

Who’d Be A Clothes Retailer?

According to the Daily Mail, winter clothes aren’t selling as it’s still warm. Here’s the first paragraph.

Indian summer hits M&S and Next clothes sales: Stores unable to shift winter boots and coats because of warm October temperatures.

It doesn’t bother me, as I wear almost the same clothes all year round. I’m always in a short-sleeved shirt, with or without a cashmere jumper from M & S. I do swap cords for chinos if it gets too hot, but I rarely wear shorts. And for nearly eight months now, I’ve worn the same lightweight bomber jacket, as it keeps me dry and has the right format of pockets.

If I’m going somewhere smart, I might wear a 25-year-old sports jacket, which is so unstylish that it gets admired all the time. I wore it at CERN.

I am finding that I’m spending less and less money on clothes. I did think that I might get some new expensive Daks cords for the winter, but when I went to try them on, I found that trendy designers had ruined the design. The fastenings were so complicated, if you had got taken short, you wouldn’t have been able to get your trousers down quick enough. So I decided to buy another pair from M & S.

Because of this inability to buy clothes, I now tend to be ruthless in taking unwanted ones to Oxfam and then buy a replacement in probably M & S.

The only thing I spend money on are belts and bags. I’m still searching for a perfect one of the latter. The trouble is they’re not designed by real people.

November 3, 2014 Posted by | Business, Design, World | , | Leave a comment