Entitled (inspired by music)

Recently I received an email saying I had been “a bit slack on the blog front recently”. I agree. I only posted four blogs in 2020, the most recent of which was in September, and none so far this year. Until now. I suppose I can blame the pandemic and the resulting changes in dailyContinue reading “Entitled (inspired by music)”

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Better The Devil You Know? – A Titanic Short Story by Graham Brown

After The Weekend It’s Monday morning, about ten to nine, and the town centre office is coming to life. Deirdre, a woman of indeterminate age, which never seems to alter, is always first to arrive. That way she makes sure no-one steals her coffee mug – and she can see when the others come in.Continue reading “Better The Devil You Know? – A Titanic Short Story by Graham Brown”

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Stuck in the middle (with bits of paper)

I have a serious blog to write, and I will soon. But first I want to share with you some brief thoughts about the modern world of blogs and social media and the old world of paper – and how I am somehow stuck between the two. I’m prompted to do so after I sent birthdayContinue reading “Stuck in the middle (with bits of paper)”

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Life On The Edge: The Birds Of Shetland

Greetings. I am conscious that my target of one blog a month – to be increased to two if possible – has been missed. Badly. By a long way. Nowhere near. Anyway, I will not weary you with excuses. This month I plan to write about my latest Arizona experiences but, first, an article IContinue reading “Life On The Edge: The Birds Of Shetland”

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RSPB Orkney Local Group AGM – celebrating the past and looking to the future

This is a reproduction of my article which appeared in The Orcadian of 4 December 2014. The Orcadian is Orkney’s weekly newspaper and a must-buy for residents. You can also subscribe online: http://www.orcadian.co.uk/ ++++++++ The RSPB’s Orkney Local Group looked backwards and forwards when members met for their annual general meeting at St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall. TheContinue reading “RSPB Orkney Local Group AGM – celebrating the past and looking to the future”

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More wise words from the family

My previous blog, Your Mother Should Know, was about some of my mother’s favourite sayings and, for two reasons, I’m going to revisit the topic this time. Firstly, I have remembered two more of my mother’s choice sayings. In fact, I could probably keep returning to this on a regular basis as I remember moreContinue reading “More wise words from the family”

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Dump the EU? Be rid of nuclear weapons? Be the next Greece? Developing thoughts on Scottish independence

Here is a quick re-cap for new readers of this blog. I am an Englishman who moved to Orkney, off the north-east coast of mainland Scotland, in April 2010. At present Scotland has its own parliament with many powers over domestic policy but it is still part of the UK and the Westminster parliament retainsContinue reading “Dump the EU? Be rid of nuclear weapons? Be the next Greece? Developing thoughts on Scottish independence”

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Sleepy Devon, a short story

Devon was asleep. Not all of Devon. But 28-year-old Devon Saunders was asleep. Truth be told, he spent much of his time asleep and not just at night. It was three o’clock in the afternoon on a beautiful sunny day. Occasionally Devon would stir and he could hear the noises outside. Children and adults laughing,Continue reading “Sleepy Devon, a short story”

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