Mysterious books

I love books. I buy many, perhaps too many. And I don’t read enough. A few pages at bedtime and in no time I am nodding off. I need to find a better time of day to spend reading. Most of the books I buy come from charity shops and second-hand sales, and the funContinue reading “Mysterious books”

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The first seven weeks…

So, how is 2018 for you so far? Some small triumphs? Some big positives? And, for some, of course, there will have been loss and sadness. Sorry. The world rolls round, our nervousness about the Korean peninsular slightly eased by the Winter Olympics; Brexit continuing to breed uncertainty and division, in the UK, Ireland andContinue reading “The first seven weeks…”

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Now We Are Six(ty)

Well, clearly there has been some error of calculation. But, it is said, I turned 60 in the month of December. Reaching the ages of 30, 40 and even 50 did not concern me much. But 60 does seem more challenging, that bit closer to the, well, the end, I suppose. Still, Winston Churchill –Continue reading “Now We Are Six(ty)”

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A blockhead in three countries

We’ve been on holiday in three countries – England, Scotland and Wales. You think perhaps that they are one country? I think they are becoming increasingly separate. More of that later, both in this blog and in the news over coming months and years. My holiday reading was Mr Churchill’s Profession by Peter Clarke, aContinue reading “A blockhead in three countries”

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Smelling the roses of Lancashire and Yorkshire

Who Knows Where The Time Goes? A song by Sandy Denny. And in these parts time has been evaporating at an alarming rate. I’m about to depart on another trip and I still haven’t blogged the previous one. So here goes… Here are some impressions of a recent trip to the north of England toContinue reading “Smelling the roses of Lancashire and Yorkshire”

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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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