Category Archives: thought piece

Memorials And Memories #thoughts

Back in 2014 there was a memorial at the Tower of London, with ceramic poppies, one for each Commonwealth casualty during WW1. It was memorable and very moving, especially when they read out my great uncle Willie Dyson’s name and … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences: The Pub And The Pandemic

I was enjoying a socially distanced walk with a friend today and we began to reminisce about cosy pubs and welcoming restaurants. At the moment, the weather is bitter – the Beast From The Baltic is battering us on the … Continue reading

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Bloody Hell

This does not paint me in a good light, hence a few pictures of Dog at the end to ease the guilt… I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly generous soul. Magnanimous. Not given to fits of envy… In … Continue reading

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A Georgian Trifle And Hope For The Future #curiousarchaeologist

Another rather splendid post from my brother to set our current problems in its historical context.

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2020, One Heck Of A Year #garden #forwardlooking

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;And I was filled with such delightAs prisoned birds must find in freedom,Winging wildly across the whiteOrchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight. When the page turned and we headed into … Continue reading

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Back To Front #peace #quiet

As I look out into my garden I see a lot of green, a lot of growth. Buds poking through the loam, next year’s plants making an early bid for freedom. What is that? Norman renewal, evidence (again) of climate … Continue reading

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Empty Chairs And Other Thoughts #thoughtpiece #christchurch #NZ

It’s gloomy here, today, though no rain, just grey, just a bit meah. No tears from Heaven. Funny word ‘tears’… (n) watery droplet secreted from the eye socket; or (n) rips in the fabric. Both applied to my visit to … Continue reading

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Snobbery Or Maintaining Standards? #thoughtpiece #Benschott #jeevesandtheleapoffaith

As a child, growing up in leafy if somewhat reserved Surrey in the 1960s – think Downton Abbey without the money or titles in so far as rules of behaviour were concerned – I was often challenged by cutlery, the … Continue reading

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Writing In Fractals

I walk a lot. Mostly with Dog, come rain or shine. Sometimes I let my thoughts run free, more a mental ramble really. At others I have the radio on, BBC Sounds, some podcast an Audible book. And occasionally it … Continue reading

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Putting A Value On A Life

It’s not something we like to do. We fight against the whole idea that one life is worth more or less than others. And taken to an individual level, even suggesting that such a value judgment could be made is … Continue reading

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