Written by me

January 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

The news last week that millions of Flushmate (model 111 ) toilets in the US are being recalled because they can explode, not only sent tremors down the toilet world but it’s also worrying for the 300 million Americans who go to the toilet. Toilets…

January 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

London’s flooded with Russian oligarchs — but can you find an oligarch when you want one? No, you can’t. I’ve been looking for one for over two years —hoping to find even a little oligarch to whom I can sell a billion-dollar life insurance policy:…

November 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Last week, I was standing at the counter of my local café, just about to pay the bill for my breakfast, when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned round to see Si, a friend who’s a famous TV pundit, about to sit…

October 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

As I drove back to London last week after taking my daughter to start her big adventure — university — I thought back to her batmitzvah speech when she’d revealed that when she was a little girl, every day when she came home from school…

September 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

Four weeks ago I woke up and thought I’d do a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe. This was an unusual thought because I’m a life insurance salesman in London. I rang William Burdett-Coutts, who has been “The Fringe” for over 30 years. “Will, what…

September 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

Three weeks ago, I was a guest of a luxury watch company in their box at the Albert Hall to watch Eric Clapton. Never have the hands of time passed more slowly. All started well; there was a party atmosphere, good company, lots to drink,…

August 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

On Sunday, I went on a blind date. I was fully prepared. My 17-year-old daughter had texted me my instructions: “Dad, don’t be on the phone the whole time — in fact don’t even take your BlackBerry. Don’t talk about yourself the whole time. Don’t…

June 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

I've got a book coming out. My publisher is very busy - often the only time we talk is when he's walking home in rush hour. He's a power walker so he is always out of breath. He rang me yesterday. "Peter? puff… puff…It's your……

May 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

The editor has had quite a week. He tweeted: "I've had car vandalised, been pick-pocketed and had pram stolen from locked car. In leafy suburbia." And "the police don't give a damn". I am of course hugely sympathetic but it could have been worse. It…

April 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

Last week, I drove to Bourne End (on Thames) to visit my old friend Guy. We were heading for Costa Coffee, when I suddenly dived into a hardware shop Hardware shops are like another planet - they're full of things I don't recognise, but I…