Category Archives: lancs

Moving, forward

As it’s approaching the status of open secret, I’m going to mention our big news. At some point this year, we’re moving, and out of Oxfordshire at that. Over the course of a year or two, our elderly relatives—not just … Continue reading

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Nowt so queer as kith

The weekend just gone was spent at an 80th birthday party in the north-west of England, with elderly relatives and (or maybe including, these days) my parents. It was enjoyable enough, although our presence as technically only friends of the … Continue reading

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Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be… John Cooper Clarke

I went to a fancy-dress do for new year’s eve. The theme was “80s rock”, which made me wonder if I could get away with punk rock. In fact, I wondered if I could get away with being punk rock … Continue reading

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The town centre cannot hold

Living in Oxford for ten years, and little Cotswolds villages for another couple of years, gives one an unrealistic expectation of the pace of civic change. While the loss of certain tenants of the public space – pubs, bookshops, ancient … Continue reading

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The cruelest month is only a day long

We’ve returned from an early Christmas with my parents: first, a week in and around Preston, visiting my grandfather, aunt and uncle, and close friends of the family; second, a long weekend in Cardiff, visiting K’s parents for their wedding … Continue reading

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I told you I was ill prepared

Between organizing a local event, being sidetracked for a day or two by writing here, and then going up north to visit my parents, I have indeed been completely sidetracked from my NaNoWriMo project. In a way, worrying about writing … Continue reading

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