Category Archives: thought piece

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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Walking While Pondering #dunwich #suffolk

When it comes to weather, we can become a trifle obsessed. Today, fr’instance, the weather person told me we achieved the highest ever February temperature in the UK – 20.6 C somewhere in Wales. Most people of my close acquaintance … Continue reading

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If Music Is The Question…

… then at least so far as I concerned Karma Chameleon is not the answer. The year is 1983. The Textiliste and I have moved into a flat in Tooting, a early century, purpose built maisonette, our first purchase. We’d … Continue reading

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Complacency: Fairness v Justice #thoughtpiece

One of my ‘not sure where this is going’ pieces. As a Cub Scout, back in the 1960s we were taken to a Police Station, one of those educational trips that I recall with a mix of fascination and horror … Continue reading

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The Five Things I Learned From Jigsaw Puzzles

I was in a garden centre today, acting as moral support and guard duty for the Textiliste. It’s not that she is regularly under threat, you understand but any trip out that involves her mother runs the risk of strangling … Continue reading

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