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Xmas Gifts

Double Christmas   Christmas has come at last, with two fantastic presents. The first wonderful gift was the return of Ruby from hospital. She is not completely herself yet but getting better all the time. The second gift is the … Continue reading

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Wapping Old Steps

Well, I’ve made it. I am now a State Enrolled Old Person. When I was in my twenties I never thought I would get to be this ancient, with a body and mind that are breaking down, and no longer … Continue reading

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Radio Wisdom

Heard on the radio this morning and worth remembering:   If you want to understand the man or woman, first you must understand the world as it was for them when they were 21.  

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It Was Ever Thus

Following the surprising and welcome news from that renowned climatologist, Donald Trump, that climate change is a hoax . . . news which is particularly welcome for those who live in the low-lying areas of Bangladesh . . . I … Continue reading

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This is How it Goes

The British Labour Party is under siege. Originally, at the time of its inception, it was a socialist party representing the membership of the trade unions, and therefore, essentially, working men. Its natural homelands were in the heavy industrial areas … Continue reading

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Sober Reflections on the British Democratic Process

People may be aware that we, in the UK, have just recently gone through a referendum, that has resulted in a decision to leave the European Union, a bureaucratic and economic process that will take two years to complete. Although … Continue reading

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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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William Byrd

It is amazing that, after two years writing this blog, I have not touched on the thing that gives me the greatest pleasure and takes up a lot of my time . . . music. But I am going to … Continue reading

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Ah, Those Walls . . .

Today has been sunny and almost warm. It is a pleasure to be out; we take our time, we smile at everyone, even those who are in such a hurry they haven’t noticed that they share the planet with other … Continue reading

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Take Care When Crossing the Road

The debate about climate change whimpers on, and still many refuse to accept the roe of human beings in the climatic confusion that seems to be enveloping the planet. How to sort fact from spin? How to know what to … Continue reading

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