New website, new look, new book, New European, new and old battles to fight

OK, I’ve listened. I’ve listened to people like the wonderfully named James Ski, who stood up at a mental health event I was speaking at, and said ‘I’m a big fan, but your website’s shit.’ His considered advice was that it was old-fashioned and hard to use...

My film on the Mail – and why it is good for the soul to rip it up

I know, I know, I am almost sixty years old, a grown man even  ... and yes, if my Mum was still alive, she'd say 'tut, tut, Alastair, why are you bothering to make a film about that silly man from the Daily Mail that most people have never heard of, and none but his...

At the very moment a rather desperate @borisjohnsonuk was failing to deflect attention from Tory sleaze by excitedly saying the words ‘Lord Mandelson’ in the Commons, the said Lord, who sadly is not on social media, was texting me an entry for Tree of the Day. His dog even stopped on his walk to admire it ... you can see why. So a 🥇for PM. Total Fail for the PM (sic) whose corrupt regime is finally beginning to be exposed for what it is - People who think they make rules but don’t have to take them. People who think they are above the laws they make for others. People who think the public money is their money, but don’t treat it as though it is their money. Otherwise they would be a bit more careful with it. The rot starts at the top and happily Johnson’s hopes that he could get all the focus on Cameron are being dashed. Enjoy the tree and Peter enjoy your celebration of a great win for a great tree ...

Apols here is Leo’s two headed portrait ...

Well this is fun ... with fellow sitters @celeste and @lydiawestie for the Portrait Artist of the Year TV show ... nice way to spend a day. Learning a lot about art ... ...

For today’s Tree of the Day .... Going for something small, urban and so in tune with its surroundings you would hardly notice it unless you were on the lookout for something a bit different for TotD! ...

I did wonder about not bothering with the cold water swimming gloves today. After all it is MID-APRIL!!! By the time I got out of the water it was snowing! No post-swim pics available. Despite the excellent gloves (this is NOT a sponsored post!) my fingers were not functioning well by the end!! But there was something magical about swimming with snow flakes falling on the water and melting away ... and I kept up my winter challenge of 2 mins per degree (do not try without building up to it!) ...

Tree(s) of the Day. Two trees. Inseparable roots. Hampshire. Winner @djcollinsinsta but he is a bit lucky tbh. Went out for a long walk today, saw some amazing trees ... but forgot my phone!! This is a rare event. I cannot remember the last time I was anywhere without a phone. DJ my phonelessness and your joined up roots = 🥇 = a lifetime highlight I am sure !!! ...

Thanks for all the nice comments and questions yesterday when I read extracts from Irish Diaries. Published by Dublin based Lilliput Press. Link in Bio if you want to know more. Of my 17 books it is one of my faves!! ...

And here a clip on why the violence in N Ireland is something @borisjohnsonuk and Co have helped to cause and must act to address ...

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