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2020, One Heck Of A Year #garden #forwardlooking

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;And I was filled with such delightAs prisoned birds must find in freedom,Winging wildly across the whiteOrchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight. When the page turned and we headed into … Continue reading

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Back To Front #peace #quiet

As I look out into my garden I see a lot of green, a lot of growth. Buds poking through the loam, next year’s plants making an early bid for freedom. What is that? Norman renewal, evidence (again) of climate … Continue reading

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Empty Chairs And Other Thoughts #thoughtpiece #christchurch #NZ

It’s gloomy here, today, though no rain, just grey, just a bit meah. No tears from Heaven. Funny word ‘tears’… (n) watery droplet secreted from the eye socket; or (n) rips in the fabric. Both applied to my visit to … Continue reading

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Snobbery Or Maintaining Standards? #thoughtpiece #Benschott #jeevesandtheleapoffaith

As a child, growing up in leafy if somewhat reserved Surrey in the 1960s – think Downton Abbey without the money or titles in so far as rules of behaviour were concerned – I was often challenged by cutlery, the … Continue reading

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Putting A Value On A Life

It’s not something we like to do. We fight against the whole idea that one life is worth more or less than others. And taken to an individual level, even suggesting that such a value judgment could be made is … Continue reading

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Parenting – Winning The War Or At Least Losing Gracefully

This is based on a post I wrote some years ago and was triggered by a somewhat bizarre discussion with my mother in law about taking medicine. A parenting lesson, which a conversation today brought back to me and which … Continue reading

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My Covid Conundrum #thoughtpiece

We’ve been going at this for weeks now. The lockdown rules, here in the UK are easing, though there are as many voices wanting more freedom as there are wishing we were still fully locked down. First June saw some … Continue reading

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Punchenello Tillingdown

I grew up with dogs. Or rather a dog. The worried mutt above was the son of the family dog when I was born. But Rusty didn’t survive for me to remember her. She was a pedigree boxer and so … Continue reading

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The Real Meaning Of…

As I sit and try and make sense of the conundrum that is Brexit and, of course fail, I realise so many of the words I keep hearing have hidden meanings that might explain some of what is going down … Continue reading

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Life, Times, Rants #grumble #whinge

We do live in some interesting times in the UK, with a self-confessed reincarnated olive as our premier and with the Transylvanian Member for the eighteenth century in charge of the House of Commons and who has issued his own … Continue reading

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