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Walking With The Wind At My Back: Part Two

St Bees To Patterdale The start of any long walk was full of apprehension. Will the body cope? Will my companions cope? Will my relationship with my companions cope? It rarely involved any sort of ‘will it be fun?’ I … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions

My Christmases as a child were what we called traditional but everyone’s Christmas traditions have their own quirks, imposed by the characteristics of the participants. These are mine. 1. My father enjoyed a pint. Or several. He was an active … Continue reading

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Walking With The Wind At My Back: Part One

‘Let’s do something a bit different next year.’ I should have known this would mean redefining the words ‘a bit’. Dad and I and a couple of his friends had just finished the fourth of our summer walking holidays. Dad … Continue reading

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To End All Wars? A Personal View

My father was born on the eleventh November. As a child that was Dad’s birthday; it contained nothing more resonant than that. At some point however, and I wouldn’t have been very old, I realised it was also Remembrance Day … Continue reading

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Asking Questions Can Be Dangerous

As a lawyer in the field of property, one of the simple tasks, when buying a piece of land, is to ask what are called ‘Preliminary Enquiries’. These are a set of questions that aim to dig out any little … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: Part Whatever – Legal Obscurities

I’m pretty sure that, in the same way we all bleed and think education is wasted on children, the legal systems of all nations are things of devilish contrafabulations. They are developed to confuse and obfuscate. The English (and Welsh) … Continue reading

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The Bird Is On The Wing

Spring is Sprung There was a surprise the other day. A lavender bush with a lot of flowers on it waiting to be picked and dried appeared to have suffered from a dose of voracious moths. But no sign of … Continue reading

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