Category Archives: family

Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen, So What Does That Say About Great Aunts?

PG Woodhouse was clear about how devilish Aunts could be in his fabulous Bertie Wooster books. But what of Great Aunts? I’m lucky enough to have two aunts, both of them are alive and well and with power to add … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: the book

Regular readers will recognise the heading. Last year I decided to pull together a memoir of my time with my mother, post dad. I’ve now finished it and it’s in for editing. This post, like so many, comes with a request. Are there … Continue reading

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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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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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