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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.

And Kubuntu to you too . . .

Just spent a happy afternoon installing Kubuntu on this laptop.. Quite an easy process, it worked well and I am pleased with the result. But then . . . ! Last evening I went to fire up and got all … Continue reading

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“Old Willie” by James Guthrie

The current picture on the Decadenona home page is “Old Willie” by James Guthrie and you can read about the artist HERE

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When to resist, and how . . . ?

I found this “a good read”. Although it is about Germany from the late 1930s and to the July 1944 plot to kill Hitler, it is also terribly relevant for today. The people described are decent citizens or servicemen who, … Continue reading

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A Woman in War . . .

I have recently finished reading this book. I thought it was an interesting insight into the life of an intelligent, hard working young woman moving from a “genteel” life as a clergyman’s daughter in 1914 to a war worker both … Continue reading

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Home Page Art . . .

This picture, and the one I have just taken down, was painted by William Charles Penn. It seems to be known as “Family Group” although I have seen somewhere, “The Family at Breakfast”. It is dates as c. 1910. The … Continue reading

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Still alive . . .

We are still alive – when we last checked – and are now at Scottish Level 2. We have even been out in the car round the local area. We don’t stop to chat or go to shops, but we … Continue reading

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Oh no he doesn’t . . .

“Science writer David Pogue sets out to discover the molecules and chemical reactions responsible for making life and the universe possible in this wide-ranging three-part series. In tonight’s opening episode, Pogue explores the chemistry of life via soap and a … Continue reading

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Boulversement . . .

Reading the obituary of Canon Michael Bordeaux -a well kent figure once, but unknown to many now I suspect – I was struck by the overturning of the situation attributed to Bordeaux in his own memoirs. The memoir is called, … Continue reading

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70 Years Ago . . . Signs of Hope

Back in 1950 I was 16 years old. Foreign countries making declarations and signing treaties did not mean much to me. But I sensed that the Schuman Declaration seemed to be generally thought of as a “good thing” (1066 And … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson – In Other People’s Words

Yorkshire Bylines, 2 April 2021. The Daily Mirror breathed new life into the Jennifer Arcuri affair last week and brought the prime minister’s tawdry reputation back under the spotlight. His spokesperson claimed that Johnson had “conducted himself with honesty and … Continue reading

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