Mr Pickwick
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Sam Pickwick is a round-faced, portly gentleman wearing spectacles prone to making periodic utterances on business and family life in London. He squeezes into the roles in life which make him broadly acceptable, however in some cases, the tightness of fit creates unsightly bulges.

Ageing depresses him for there is still part of him that yearns to go crowd surfing, having relationships with unsuitable people and walking in the rain. He is a big chap though so crowd surfing is unlikely to be realistic. And he is blessed with having married a wonderful wife who he is still very much in love with so watches those around him having relationships with unsuitable people and thanks the big Banana for his good fortune. This leaves walking in the rain which he embraces. One out of three is not bad.

He adores his children and his dog, all of whom make him laugh (also, weep, beat his chest and throw sticks). They seem to do the same, normally when they want something.

He is happiest when he is with his family and when is is busy, either separately or together.

He welcomes any feedback on mr.pickwick@virginmedia.com

Entries by Mr Pickwick

Smalls Are Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2014 | (20:40)

An unsettling scourge has landed on the Pickwick house. Normal service has been disrupted following the delivery of a M&S Menswear catalogue largely made up of undergarments modelled by the British model David Gandy. This has led to the Pickwick females moving from their normal state of kick-ass 21st Century...

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Shouldn't We All be a Little Bit Gay? Reflections on Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (22:37)

Etched on my brain from last weekend is the memory of my wife reacting in astonishment at the sight of a boat sponsored by the Dutch National Railways floating past us as we watched the 2014 Amsterdam Gay Pride Boat Parade with the slogan "all you need is Faith, Trust...

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The First Skinny Dip of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (23:09)

I am always reluctant admitting I have a swimming pool. The decadence it suggests is outweighed by the fact that it costs an enormous sum to maintain which we can barely afford, can only operate with the application of such strong chemicals that I am sure it will catch fire...

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Feeling Stressed - Pour Barbeque Sauce on a Cocker Spaniel

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (22:24)

I am currently coming out the back end of a tempus horribilis. A drip, drip, drip of disasters whose weight has brought the dam down flooding the horizon with challenge to those around. The final drip occurred today leading me to attach myself to the family dog and be propelled...

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Guilt - The Day the Dog Had His Bits Removed

(0) Comments | Posted 29 March 2014 | (12:05)

Dudley, the Pickwick family dog has his crown jewels removed early this week.

The decision to do this was driven by advice from the local vet who said that there was a 20 per cent risk of testicular cancer if he retained them.

Mrs Pickwick and I were torn by...

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How to Survive Turning 50 - the President Francois Hollande Method

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (20:21)

There are but four short days before I pass from my forties to my fifties and I ponder with horror the wide abyss that has opened between "life begins at 40" and my half century.

This reaction was prompted when I contemplated my manly form pre-shower at the weekend which...

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Can I Have It All? If So, Do I Have Enough Cupboard Space?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (13:44)

A fundamental question discussed in all forms of media is "Can I have it all?".

At the micro level, the answer can be best illustrated in the Pickwick household through the topic of cake. The Pickwick family are fans of cake, setting upon it like a pack of hyenas around...

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There is now only one Margaret in my life

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2013 | (21:57)

The departure of our blessed Lady Thatcher means there is now only one Margaret in my life - Mrs Pickwick.

Both have been powerful Margarets - but have always been at different ends of the spectrum.

Lady T, capable of existing on minimal sleep whilst firing on all cylinders. Mrs...

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Self-Improvement for Adults - What Zombie Survivalists Can Teach Us

(1) Comments | Posted 27 February 2013 | (21:32)

The problem about being an adult is that to maintain some form of balance in life and ensure that the old grey matter does not begin to atrophy, it is advisable to participate in some form of Self-Improvement. The power of the Internet and availability of free sources of Self-Improvement...

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An IPAD or a New Baby? A Father Reflects

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2013 | (17:24)

Over the last two decades, Mrs Pickwick has presented me with three bundles of joy. The first two were the birth of the Ms Pickwicks. But the third was different.

Appearing on my birthday, I was presented with the bundle with the Pickwicks standing excitedly around me surveying the new...

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Sputum Season - Cough, Splutter, Barf

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2013 | (17:47)

A large proportion of the Country's population have taken on a key feature of the Victorian age since the Christmas period. Illness.

The Pickwick Household has resembled a consumption ward over this time. Started by Pickwick daughter number 1, I assumed the mantle on Christmas Eve kidding myself that my...

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Techniques of Surviving Christmas (No. 47) - The Garbo Method

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2012 | (19:50)

I thought of Greta Garbo this week, the beautiful, brooding and reclusive Swedish starlet of yesteryear, as I stood waiting for my morning bus.

The bus queue was growing, or more accurately the scattering of people who position themselves at a respectable distance from each other designed to make social...

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Why George Osborne Is Wrong - the Case for Less Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (18:27)

I was reminded this week of the joke about the Bishop who is caught sunbathing nude and reacts by putting his towel over his head rather than over his private parts. On being challenged on why he has done this, he replies "people normally recognise me by my face".

The...

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Strictly Done Dancing

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2012 | (22:02)

I had an epiphany at the weekend.

It was on a dance floor surrounded by loved ones and friends who scrubbed up for an evening do. As is customary, when the formal proceedings of the evening were over, guests hit the dance floor which was where my problems began.

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Skyfall - How to Break Wind on a Crowded Plane and Not Be Noticed

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (22:32)

I contemplated this dilemma on a crowded flight, as I sat sandwiched between two executives reading business journals of such unimaginable dryness that I longed to have the latest edition of "Closer" to balance them up. We were squished together on an evening flight so full of suits that it...

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Bringing Philosophy Into Dating - Put Some Schopenhauer in the Shower

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2012 | (14:28)

Now the kids have got to the stage when they don't set the house on fire anymore, Mrs Pickwick and I ventured forth to try something new in our relationship - an intellectual date. We attended this brain Zumba class at a nearby cultural establishment to hear a talk from...

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Hot Fuzz - The Wonderful World of Beards

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2012 | (14:29)

I have grown a beard. The decision came from nowhere although was accompanied by an undertaking to my daughters that I would get an ear pierced. There was therefore a whiff of mid-life crisis in the air that day.

My hair growing prowess has never been strong. I have always...

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Diary of a Wimpy Dad

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2012 | (20:29)

The passage of time and onset of aches and pains in my body have made me realise that I am turning into a wimp. True, I have always had nerdy inclinations but they have now been accompanied by full blown wimpishness.

There are key differences between being a nerd and...

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How the Olympics Can Improve Your Sex Life

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2012 | (22:50)

S&M has never featured highly in my marriage.

The issue came up this morning during a discussion with my wife about the "50 Shades of Grey" phenomenon when she declared emphatically "if you trussed me up, I'd be off". I reminded her that technically speaking this was not true...

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'50 Shades of Grey' and the Search for Happiness - The Solution is in Your Own Hands

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2012 | (20:36)

I have reached an age where my peak can be seen disappearing around the corner behind me. I was resigned to this when it was still in focus. But now, my peak has become a blur,

To make matters worse, a few of friends and peers are currently wrestling with...

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