Am I missing out?

Do you subscribe to a newspaper online?  I only ask because I am teetering on the edge of buying a subscription to The Times. Without it, I feel I am missing out on so much. What, for example, could Giles Coren possibly have said in his column that made Alice Vincent of the Huffington Post (@alice_emily) write such a critical tweet? And why did Giles Coren (@gilescoren) respond so acidly? I will never know.

You can, of course, spend your life looking over your shoulder, thinking that you’re missing out on interesting conversations. I did feel slightly excluded when I was chair of the PTA of St Jude’s. Whole groups of parents would stop talking whenever I walked into the playground.

(In this year of the Jubilee, I think many people will find themselves similarly tongue-tied when they come face to face with the Queen).

Luckily these days I feel very much a part of the social whirl in Fitton. If I’m not brass-rubbing for the Fitton Preservation Society or reading Hilary Mantel for the Fitton Book Club, I’m drumming up support for Bums ’n Tums, spearing litter in St Jude’s churchyard, or arranging longiflorum lilies for the pulpit.

To put Fitton even more firmly on the map, I am thinking of setting up a Lively Minds Society, so that we can invite well-known personalities to lecture on subjects dear to their hearts.

We could ask the lovely Kirstie Allsopp, for example, to talk about crafts. Or would Giles Coren (see above) consider leading us through the intricacies of, say, fish?

We could invite political personalities  –  John Prescott, perhaps, or the rather interesting woman who runs the Green party.  (George Osborne might have a hard time coming to Fitton and trying to defend austerity. Sally in the charity shop next to Tesco Metro tells me that people keep trying to beat her down because they can’t even afford 50p for a pair of socks.)

I do admire that lovely Lord Leveson. I wonder if he’d ever consider visiting Fitton?

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