Category Archives: children

A soft white damn

There’s only been a smattering of snow sticking here today, which means we’re not snowed in, but we’re at least able to enjoy the prettiness of it. My family in Lancashire have been intermittently unable to leave their houses in … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season to be awkward

There are sociable and unsociable streaks running through my personality like veins through marble. On one level, though, I appreciate the necessity of socializing that comes with the festive period. I’ve lost track of too many friends in my life … Continue reading

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Chrissing cousins

It would’ve seemed the decent thing to do, to spend Christmas with K’s somewhat more extended relatives, after their usual destination – one of K’s cousins – became populated with a new baby this year. I might have grumbled in … Continue reading

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It is good to be sociable sometimes, and never better than at Christmas

Living in a smallish town makes one quite sensitive to the social aspects of what might otherwise be viewed as purely commercial changes in its atmosphere. Around Christmas-time, the change in the quantity of people in Witney on a market … Continue reading

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Disease-ridden vermin… go back to school this week

Of course, I spoke too soon about my unalloyed joy at the goings-on at the bird-of-prey sanctuary. I should never have put myself in such close proximity to a dangerous vector for respiratory diseases: by which I mean, of course, … Continue reading

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Copenhagen strategies

We’ve both just returned from Copenhagen: a conference trip for me, a birthday holiday for K. Denmark is an oddity: much as Finland looks Scandinavian when you squint, Denmark looks a little Germanic when you don’t. The capital city is … Continue reading

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If you have to go abroad then just don't come back with a one-year-old like Madonna did

K. and I know too many people, although probably few for our demographic, who confuse an extended (possibly busman’s) holiday with actual emigration. I blame gap yars. A recent post by she-of-simian-fingers juxtaposes this half-seriously with child rearing, eliciting in … Continue reading

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