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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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Singapore and Stories Day 3: of tea and pickles

  It I had this habit. Rather unfortunate for a leader of men. Well, head of a department at a rather large and self regarding law firm. It was that I kipped a fair bit. You know, took a nap, … Continue reading

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Singapore and Stories Day 2: cultural dummies

A while back London did this thing with cows. Or was it Bristol did cows and we did bears? Large polyester figurines painted by a mix of artists, celebrities, ne’er-do-wells and schoolchildren and then auctioned in some worthy fundraiser. I … Continue reading

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Faux Pas Amongst The Foliage #flowers #gardens #Embarassment

My garden, as you might know, is something of a joy to me. My sunflowers are going a storm I have tomatoes to die for – or I will when they ripen and the apple tree is drooping almost to … Continue reading

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Duelling Gardens #gardens #competitiveurges

While this post wanders hither and yon, on the subject of my apparently dwindling competitive spirit, I’ll populate it with pictures from the garden today. There is a link – sort of – at the end… I’m a bundle of contradictions, sometimes. One … Continue reading

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A good news day

There are days when you wake to a bit of grey cloud, when the hot water takes an age to run, when the toaster seems to have reset itself to a light char setting and the milk is on the … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my mother: reach for the skies

While my mother was a determined and constantly busy person, she begrudged having to do any more walking than absolutely necessary. If Mark Twain thought golf ruined a good walk, mum rather thought a good walk a bit of an … Continue reading

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