Monthly Archives: May 2015

Another Gem from the Barber’s

All dialogue spoken in expressionless Yorkshire.   Customer: “Just back from Budapest. Been there?” Barber: “No.” Pause. “ Bit different from Llandudno.” Silence.    

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The Meaning of a Rose

In two days’ time it will be my mother’s birthday. She was born in 1912, before the First World War, and she died in 2007, aged 95. Her mother was 100 when she died, so I think there are some … Continue reading

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The Ikea Maze and the Flatpack Monster

Some careful readers among you may have noticed that I have failed miserably in a project I set myself, and then foolishly advertised the fact to the world on this blog. You are probably – no, let that be possibly … Continue reading

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The Great Bustard

Salisbury Plain is a huge area (by English standards, you understand) of relatively flat and treeless upland. The prevailing westerly wind comes from the ancient flooded lands of the Somerset Levels, and up here, even in high summer, the wind … Continue reading

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It seems that advertisements have started to appear at the end of some of my posts. I thought this might happen, but hoped it wouldn’t. Before we go any further, I just want it known that these adverts are nothing … Continue reading

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New Photos

This picture of a line of black cattle was taken on Salisbury Plain last month. It also reveals, if you look carefully, a Great Bustard, which was extinct in Britain until very recently. These rather shabby beach huts were found … Continue reading

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Science and Beauty

 Everywhere I look I find beauty, whether in nature, in landscape forms, in the human form, in art or in music, but, as far as I am aware, there is no gene for beauty. While I can see that physical … Continue reading

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Dogs and Gods

 I had a whimsical thought this morning, which is pretty amazing for a man lying on floorboards with back pain. It wasn’t the thought that was amazing; it was the fact that my brain could find enough space to process … Continue reading

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The Woods in May

May has to be the best month, although my natural inclination is to dismiss it in favour of January, just because the rebel in me refuses to follow the cultural crowd! But you can’t escape the fact that everyone likes … Continue reading

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The Stones and the Sources

Before we went to Stonehenge last week, I felt it was important to do a bit of research on the place. It helps to know what it is you’re looking at when you’re there. Strangely, or coincidentally, or even, as … Continue reading

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