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The Grapes of Wrath: A Father’s Wisdom

I witnessed a crime today. A couple of kids ahead of me, heads close together and one nabbed a piece of fruit off a stall outside a small convenience store. It was casual, brazen almost. They stood there, didn’t even … Continue reading

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Education: The Thinking Man’s World

Norah Colvin, one of the first three bloggers I followed when I started, asked me to write about my school days and offer up some thoughts on the state of education now. This is the link to Norah’s post of … Continue reading

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Disasters Of An Olympian Kind

I have had cause to write of this before but I had one of those days, the other day and so thought this worth repeating. You can imagine the sort of day I’m talking about. You manage to put on … Continue reading

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Walking With The Wind At My Back: Part Four

Kirkby Stephen to Richmond This is the fourth part of my walk that I undertook with my father and friends across England from Coast to Coast. Part three is here. You can link back to the earlier posts from there. … Continue reading

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Tipping Points: Baden-Powell, His Part In My History

Hindsight: you’ve got to love it, haven’t you? You look back on an event, and see the blindingly obvious. It was a watershed moment even if at the time it was the epitome of humdrum. If I listed the biggies: … Continue reading

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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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