Category Archives: thought piece

So What Does It Make Me?

There are many ways in which my wife and I are different. Fr’instance if we are driving on a road with two or more lanes and one of the lanes begins to disappear – the road narrows or there are … Continue reading

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Part Four: Ten do’s and don’t’s for the Anglo-Saxon visitor to France #france #french

Do go. Don’t go via Calais unless you hail from Redditch in which case the comparison will be positive Do try and speak the language Don’t try too hard to speak the language because you won’t understand the answer – … Continue reading

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Perfectly Adequate

Someone asked me what I was good at at school and I had to think. I did okay at school, had my moments in both history and maths but I never succeeded so well as to be top of the … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Notre Dame

I suspect you need to be in a very small minority to have missed the fire in Notre Dame this week. There has been a lot spoken about it: the bravery and skill of the fire services in their operation … Continue reading

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France and Me: An Unrequited Something Or Other

Last week, during an episode of the interminable soap opera that is Brexit – nothing quite defines us as our inability to leave – President Macron of France apparently stood out against 26 other EU nations and said, loosely translated … Continue reading

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I Have Worms!

Pam Lazos wrote recently, here, on the joys of compost which I can echo. It made me, once again, recognise a parental lesson I received from a young age. My parents, specifically my mother recycled, repurposed and upcycled well before … Continue reading

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The History Of Laundry #history #memories

My mother was a woman of very specific ideas. So far as a washing machine was concerned, her views were steadfast: if it was a question of a choice between can we afford a washing machine and can she buy … Continue reading

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