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Week Five: 2022

I’ve been running around rabbit holes this week. I blame David. He may be a friend but he got me thinking about the story of how my grandparents – mum’s mum and dad – came to marry. I will write … Continue reading

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A Short History Of Climate Change Conferences #history

‘Where’s dad?’ ‘Watching the clouds.’ ‘It’s verging on paranoia, you know.’ ‘I know that but try telling him. The Big Guy says this, the Big Guy says that. You know what he’s like when he’s had one of those apocalyptical … Continue reading

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The University Years: Making Friends And Nylon Pyjamas #university #bristol

In 1975 I began my three year odyssey at an undergraduate law student at Bristol University. Those first few days as I settled into university life remain very vivid. Today I recall my first evening in hall and a life … Continue reading

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The London Olympics – My Part In Its Downfall: Part Two

Having won the bid, the initial euphoria diminished somewhat. Beijing still had to host their games and there was sure to be a lot of controversy there. In addition, in typical British ways, as soon as we’d done something successful … 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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Chatsworth: It Works So Why Fix It?

What does a wet T shirt, the Crystal Palace and a sycophantic peer have in common? Chatsworth It’s one of those very precise stately homes we British do quite well, like queuing and moaning. Built by an extraordinary woman in … Continue reading

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Objects Of Curiosity

Maybe it’s just me but as you wander around a city like London which has a history stretching further than a Galilean fish supper, you are constantly brought up short by things like the above. For those who can’t read … Continue reading

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Hidden History #deptford

Every Thursday I help out at a shelter. My journey takes me from New Cross Gate station along the A2 towards Greenwich. It’s a tired, tatty piece of south London which is also home to Goldsmiths College. I’m not a … Continue reading

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History in the here and now

Despite it being May, it is cold here, misty too, as Dog and I perambulate around the Park. Once crisp views of the city in a chill winter are hazed to a blur, technicolour leached to monochromes. The radio talked … Continue reading

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Nanthology – The Final Journey

Nanowrimo is a compelling challenge to write 50,000 words during November: that’s an average of 1667 words per day. My plan is to write a set of 30 short stories each 1667 words long instead.  Each story comes from a prompt, a lot from fellow … Continue reading

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