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Protected: The River

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Yesterday – it was a still, late summer’s afternoon and I had been wandering in the woods – I went into a graveyard in a secluded hamlet, beside a river, between the trees. Among the few, old graves was one of a very young girl, a baby, who died in 1971. She would have been … Continue reading

The other Stuart Hall

— A personal tribute to the influential cultural theorist and sociologist — Stuart Hall has died. No, not that one. I thought the same too, yesterday, for a split-second after reading the headline. No, I mean a far less well-known Stuart Hall than the former TV presenter and now infamous criminal, who is locked-up somewhere … Continue reading

Fourteen lines which I really like

It’s been a long while since my last post. I’ve been busy. Or perhaps have fallen victim to the phenomenon of a blog only lasting, on average, around six months. I needed some excuses and there they are. And this blog post is not even, largely, my own work, not the core of it anyway … Continue reading

On a hill, beside the town

Today Winter ended. Overhead the swallows tumbled and darted across the blue. The verdant fresh grass in the fields by my house swayed in long, lethargic waves in the warm wind. I sat bare-footed on my doorstep, watching the sparrows build their nests. At my feet, the garden was a profusion of green in a … Continue reading

Long live Uncle Monty

Sad news last week, with the death of Richard Griffiths, British stage and screen actor, famous for Harry Potter, The History Boys and, of course, the absolute timeless classic, Withnail and I. Loved by most former Arts students (and that’s a lot of people since the film appeared in 1986), I must have seen it … Continue reading

In brief: Thanks for the hack

14 March 2013:  — Thanks for the hack — I’m unexpectedly but happily back on wordpress.com after flirting with the heady life of having a self-hosted website and my own domain name, courtesy of wordpress.org and Dataflame. It lasted about six months. Trying to log in recently to the self-hosted site I found, not my … Continue reading

Count Arthur Strong and the art of comedy

After a prolonged famine in new entries to the comedy hall of fame, a saviour has arrived and he’s serving up a feast In every artistic form, every literary genre, and in every broadcast format, there are talents so great they seem impervious to the cruel ravages of time. The unpredictable ebbs and flows of … Continue reading

How I survived the Apocalypse, and other tips

If the British press is to be believed the whole country is currently under ten feet of water and sinking fast. It’s time to get a grip. On the strength of governmental, meteorological and media advice, I have decided to remain at home for not less than the next decade. Our railways, roads, motorways, waterways, … Continue reading

Sporting excellence: wake me up when it’s all over

I simply can’t understand the mindset of those who always support the favourite. It’s probably because I’m British that I usually only ever seem to meet people who support the underdog. Yet, once, on a windy hillside in Andalucia as the sun went down, I met a German woman who loved Roger Federer. She always … Continue reading

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