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About The Author

Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of Europe and Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be brought before a public tribunal where the evidence can be heard, and examined, and suitable penalties awarded.

Reminiscences of Brussels . . .

The following is from the Irish Times and is dated 10 Dec 2019 so written and published before the General Election. The author is the Guardian’s associate editor for Europe. ~~~~~~~~~ I was in Brussels when Johnson peddled his original … Continue reading

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Christmas Present . . .

At Christmas we think of Christmas presents – arriving in a sock at the end of the bed perhaps. But Charles Dickens in his story “A Christmas Carol” has Scrooge visited by three ghosts of Christmases – “Past”, “Present”, and … Continue reading

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“In the Town Crofts” by Edward Atkinson Hornel

This is by way of being a test. Having ftp’d a number of images up to the web server on which this blog is hosted, the next thing to do was to see if they were any easier to use … Continue reading

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Why am I not surprised . . . ?

I really am not a bit surprised by this. It must be absolutely terrible for anyone with a conscience who works for people like Boris Johnson directly or indirectly. There must be many times when you know that what you … Continue reading

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“For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith”.

Stumbling around the web, as one does, looking up woodcuts by Howard Phipps, I was put in mind of Simon Phipps, sometime Bishop of Lincoln. I liked him very much, he was one of the few senior clergy with whom … Continue reading

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An Alien within the Gates . . .

Two (and a bit) years ago, after much havering, we moved to Scotland. Once here we have lived quietly and observed and listened, and have been much encouraged by the assertions by Mrs Nicola Sturgeon and others that we incomers … Continue reading

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A Good Idea – for once . . .

Now this is a good idea. I mentioned it to someone and they said why do you need one of those ? Which just proves what is meant by a “hidden disability”. If you can’t see it, it’s not there, … Continue reading

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The Badly Battered and Bent Corporation . . .

There was a time – I was there – I remember it – when we gathered round the wireless as it warmed up, and then listened hopefully, sadly, fearfully, always interestedly to what “The News” had to say. We didn’t … Continue reading

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Hello December . . .

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Starry, starry night . . .

It may well have been a starry, starry night, but I wasn’t awake to see it. However, the evidence was there this morning and as of midday shows plenty of signs of remaining in those spots the sun does not … Continue reading

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