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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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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Bang! Article 50 has been triggered

On Tuesday, our Prime Minister sent a letter to the European Union, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, and thus applying for the UK to leave the EU. I am unashamedly horrified by this, and would like to ask any of my nice readers...

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Not a proper post

I apologise for not providing a proper post this week; it has felt busier than usual in various different ways. All I have to offer is: a political thought: many people feel (post Brexit referendum) that any referendum instituting major constitutional change should set the bar higher...

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Considering loss

My father died at the age of 57 (when I was 26) and my mother at the age of 89. My in-laws also lived to ripe old ages. So I can say that I have experienced bereavement, but not in its sharpest forms – sudden...

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Telling People Apart

A problem that I don’t think film-makers fully appreciate is the difficulty, occasionally, of telling characters apart. If one is a Dalek and one is a Victorian lady, there is no problem, but if both are humans of the same gender and similar age (and...

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Visiting a mosque

Almost by chance (thank you Facebook, and my cousin Helen) I learned that last Sunday was Visit My Mosque Day. In February 2016 80 British mosques opened their doors to visitors; this year it was 150. Oddly none of the mosques in Nottingham took part,...

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In which I utter platitudes

One of the most telling memes on Facebook in the last few months has been a picture of a row of history books or chronicles: 2014, 2015, We Don’t Talk About This One, 2017, 2018…. For many people, 2016 would be a nice year to forget,...

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