Category Archives: hope

Going downhill isn’t the same as being rock bottom

My grandad – the old soldier – is getting noticeably more infirm. He’s 93, so arguably we should have foreseen it. But to see him outpacing his older daughter (my auntie has only recently had a hip op) you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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We remember in order to forget

Bonfire Night is the kind of gruesome success that most PR people or politicians – still just about separate careers – could only dream of. The idea was planted by the fires, the guys, and of course that doggerel. Alan … Continue reading

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Woods not words

A few days ago now, I walked home from work. It doesn’t sound very exciting, until you remember that it’s is a cross-country journey of some seven miles. Although the ground was firm and the weather good (if cooler than … Continue reading

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The year ends with a twist

I write this gingerly, my wrist recovering from a bad sprain sprain acquired a week ago today. It was a mould-covered wooden bridge that took my bicycle tyres out from underneath me, tricking me into landing palms first. A trip … Continue reading

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Fade in gently

I’m a longstanding fan of John Peel. What do I mean by that? I love and appreciate what he did to promote and disseminate music; I enjoy at least some of the individual works he popularized; I feel a wistful … Continue reading

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What greater gift than the love of a cat?

If we’ve been away – and long hours spent asleep with the bedroom door closed count as “away” – the cat frequently goes crazy. Return from an absence and stand at a threshold: she’ll rub up against you, back and … Continue reading

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I don’t have coeliac disease; but what do I have?

Those who were waiting with baited breath for the follow-up post to this will doubtless be glad to hear that I don’t have coeliac disease. The acid test, as it were, is to look for antibodies in the blood: if your … Continue reading

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