Ten years in Orkney – now what?

Ten years ago Kathie and I moved to Orkney. By coincidence we arrived on 16 April which is St Magnus Day – he is the patron saint of Orkney. And so each year we go to St Magnus Kirk in Birsay, not far from where we live, for the annual St Magnus service which alsoContinue reading “Ten years in Orkney – now what?”

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2020 vision

So, here we are in 2020. What will this new decade bring? Will it be the Roaring Twenties, as it was 100 years ago? Or another Jazz Age? That would be nice. More seriously, though it can be foolish to make predictions, I imagine much of the decade will be – or should be –Continue reading “2020 vision”

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Arizona: take three

By The Time I Get to Phoenix (I will be quite tired) Earlier this year, before the better weather came to the UK, Mrs Brown (Kathie Touin) and I jetted across the Atlantic for our third visit to Arizona. Kathie’s family lives in Northern Arizona so that is where we spent most of our FebruaryContinue reading “Arizona: take three”

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It’s 2016: relax and spread love

So here we are in 2016 and with it comes many questions. For example, how far can we go into the year and still say “Happy New Year” to each other? Let’s keep going for a little longer yet, and spread positive feelings. When I was young 2016 would have seemed part of some impossibleContinue reading “It’s 2016: relax and spread love”

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

And so that was Christmas, to mis-quote John Lennon – “And what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun” as he actually sang on Happy Christmas (War Is Over). Well, we know one thing for sure, war and violence is not over. If anything, terrorism seems more unpredictable and brutalContinue reading “Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015”

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Arizona Dreamin’

Yes, I know the The Mamas & the Papas’ song is California Dreamin’ – incidentally, a great song and, according to Wikipedia, number 89 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But California Dreamin’ is now off limits and it’s Arizona for me. Let me explain. My wife Kathie TouinContinue reading “Arizona Dreamin’”

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