Books in instalments, and literary structure

I thought I’d be a bit booksy today. I’ve recently been reading two novels, one 19th and one 21st century. The first was “The Eustace Diamonds” by Anthony Trollope, first published in monthly instalments in 1873. I had read it before in my teenage Trollope Period. The...

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Where we live

By the way, my helpful website manager and creator, Jono Renton, is getting married to Sophie tomorrow. All the best to you both, and your families, for the big day, and for the years to come! The first home I owned was a flat above a...

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Dispatched (Funerals part 2)

I finished last time by saying something like: Should a service just be about a person, even a Christian person? How much does the service matter in terms of the grieving process? Can I really have what I want at my funeral, and what is that? Three...

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Unashamedly about tennis

Sam Querrey is currently playing Marin Cilic, an unexpected pairing for this year’s Wimbledon semi-finals. The commentator has just said that many people will have come to watch really wanting to see Roger Federer (he’s up next), but in the meantime will have stayed to...

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Summer is a-cumin in

So it’s officially summer.  That’s good. What’s your favourite season? Let’s see how they measure up: SUMMER. Pro: Occasional warm sunny weather, even in Britain Wimbledon (must revise my mental list of singles winners: those confusing Williams sisters!) Day trips out to nice places Picnics, BBQs etc. Even I can tolerate...

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An egotistical take on the Grenfell fire

I don’t often watch TV news, but I did see the Panorama programme on Monday, which provided an overview of last Wednesday’s disaster, its surrounding circumstances and causes. Of course this is early days to judge, but I imagine that everybody who watched the programme, and...

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Catching up

Hello my friends. I apologise for the interruption in service - I believe many of you have not been receiving this blog since about x. It's hoped that the problem is now rectified, so could one or two of you let me know if this has...

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Report on the Party (non-political)

I apologise for being a pest, but can you let me know below if you receive this post? Some six months after publication, “We Do Not Kill Children” finally got its long-promised “launch” party. I certainly enjoyed the evening, and it seemed that other people did...

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More of a hiccup than a post

Hello all. I apologise for lack of proper post this week. However, if you have received this as normal, please let me know, as I understand some people haven't been getting the posts. If you've already let me know, don't bother to do it again. Also, make sure...

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