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Charley Ottey 1897-1916

We have a rolling pin with a history. Knowing this history makes a difference.  It is old. It was owned by my great grandmother, a woman called Lizzie, who had been born in 1862 in Droitwich, Worcestershire, into a large … Continue reading

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A Blind Man in the Land of Zen in Colour

Here are the original colour photographs that were published in black and white in my book A Blind Man in the Land of ZenI.                        

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The Poetry of Naming

The old place names contain the spirit of the place. They are its history and carry the stories of people who lived here hundreds, even thousands, of years ago. Ancient field names, the names of farmsteads and old houses, hamlets … Continue reading

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A Meditation Upon Saint Lucie’s Day

The feast day of Saint Lucy was the 13 December, which was the shortest day of the year before the Julian calendar was adopted. The English metaphysical poet, John Donne, described it as the “year’s dark midnight”, and now the … Continue reading

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Chewing on the Cud of Time

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A Weighty Matter

Today I am fasting. I’m attempting the 5-2 diet, which involves fasting for two days a week and eating whatever I like for the rest of the week. Those of you who know me in the flesh, as it were, … Continue reading

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Erratum to the Erratum

My eife (sic) informs me that I typed ‘didter’ rather than ‘sister’, which is, of course what I typed in my head. D is next to S on the keyboard, as E is next to W. Sorry. Blindness strikes again! … Continue reading

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