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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.

Photos they wish were never taken . . .

Photos that seemed like a good idea at the time, but eventually come back to bite . . .

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We’re done . . .

A strange wet, foggy day in which to be going out. We turned up at the Pipe Band Hall, were met at the door and instructed to sanitise our hands and then ushered in to the hall proper which was … Continue reading

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To eat, or not to eat . . . ?

The following is also to be found at “Up the Strand” A year ago were discussing fitfully whether we should try having groceries from Tesco via their home delivery service. We could both see that it would avoid the business … Continue reading

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Covid Vaccinations . . .

Back at the start of January NHS Dumfries and Galloway posted as follows . . . Vaccine approval provides campaign springboard07/01/2021. By NHSDG VACCINATION against COVID-19 is ramping up in Dumfries and Galloway, with those aged over 80 in line … Continue reading

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Mint flavoured . . .

Linux Mint has recently updated to version 20.1. Not having used this laptop for a week or two I fired up the Update Manager and sorted out the existing set up. This installed the new version of Update Manager, and … Continue reading

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A ridiculous swagger . . .

Just when I am thinking that I haven’t posted much lately, and what is there to say, along comes a foreign newspaper that sums up the current situation in a few words, and does it far better than many of … Continue reading

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Lloyd George and Ireland . . .

At the moment we have in this country – the UK – a Prime minister of whom it is said, with justification that he tells lies incessantly, and whose greatest material success is the fathering of children, both legitimately and … Continue reading

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In a few words . . .

Once upon a time I used to preach sermons. I don’t like the word “preach” – it sounds “preachy” but that is the language of the job. I meant well, I tried hard, but I never really felt I got … Continue reading

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What did you do all day during the Covid pandemic, Dad ?

Doing not very much, and failing to finish it, just about sums it all up. Mark you, I vacuumed the kitchen floor just now. Interesting to see it again, but it kills my back. Never mind, eh ?

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Word Press Updates . . .

When I am being good and updating my Word Press Installation, it does not inspire me with confidence to read that ” the authenticity of wordpress-5.6.zip could not be verified . . . “

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