Category Archives: family

A winter walk #cuckfield

My birthday rarely passes without the Vet proposing a family get together. This year we found ourselves in the heart of the Sussex countryside, in Cuckfield. This place is what gives the word ‘quaint’ it’s reason to exist. Every buildings … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: part. 2: finding a home

In part one, here, of this series we hear how I came to be London bound. Now reality has bitten. Somehow, in the late summer of 1978 I secured a position as an articled clerk. The firm of solicitors where … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: the final curtain

Mum’s birthday was, she was proud to tell anyone, Trafalgar Day – 21st October. She exalted in British History and, while not dewy-eyed as to the wondrous gift to the world that was the British Empire (her view) she considered, … Continue reading

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When the Planets don’t align

There are days when the world is bright and sparkly and then there is last Saturday. In fact Saturday wasn’t that bad, all things considered. It’s just how it ended. It started with a mizzle but the sun made a … Continue reading

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Singapore Stories: the finale

  We are packing for home. The same amount of clothes that we came with seem bigger. Or maybe the fact they’re dirty means they have grown. Whatever the reason it’s difficult to push down the lid. Perhaps there’s a … Continue reading

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Singapore Part 2: nature and Nationhood

What do National Celebrations tell you about a country? Its confidence? Its personality? There is a danger in stereotyping. In the UK we don’t do National Days. Partly our aggrandizing past has embedded an embarrassment that makes such an event … Continue reading

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Cambodia Day 6: Of Palaces, Picnics and Museum Pieces

Today was sweltering. An early start to the Royal Palace was decreed. If Buckingham Palace and a Swiss Chalet hybridised and moved to Essex this is what you might get. This though is French, built in the 1880s when under … Continue reading

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