When Is A Walk Not A Walk?

The weather is looking up and so are the heads of a number of the pious who wish to show devotion to their God. Some people will be taking a quick jaunt around the village before coming back to the parish church to thank the Lord for his resurrection. Others will be on the road... Continue Reading →

On Not Smelling Right

My early schooling was spoilt by the fact that I found it almost impossible to learn to read. My friends were running through the programme as if it was a ride in the park. They were fast readers, accomplished learners who never had to endure the torture of actually learning something from scratch. Me? I... Continue Reading →

Kick, kick, kick…

Wednesday night is now martial arts time for my wife and youngest daughter. They, together with my daughter's friend have taken up the friendly self-defence activity of Taekwondo. And, to my wife's surprise, they are enjoying it. Last night was sparring night which meant that they would all be paired off against each other to... Continue Reading →

I Wanna Be Yours

I wanna be your vacuum cleanerBreathing in your dustI wanna be your Ford CortinaI will never rustIf you like your coffee hotLet me be your coffee potYou call the shotsI wanna be yours I wanna be your raincoatFor those frequent rainy daysI wanna be your dreamboatWhen you want to sail awayLet me be your teddy... Continue Reading →

Still. A.R. Ammons

I said I will find what is lowly and put the roots of my identity down there: each day I’ll wake up and find the lowly nearby, a handy focus and reminder, a ready measure of my significance, the voice by which I would be heard, the wills, the kinds of selfishness I could freely... Continue Reading →

When To Start Living

How to Win Friends and Influence Peoplelanded on my desk one day accompanied by a knowing smile. My snort of derision soon chased off my would-be benefactor’s sunny disposition, but I took the tome in the way that it was intended. I still have it on my bookcase even though not one page of it... Continue Reading →

Because We Must

Getting into trouble has become a thing with me and my new life. When burnout came a calling, I made a promise to myself that I would not live the rest of my life on somebody else's terms. Not being wealthy puts me at a disadvantage. Existing lower down the food-chain makes me even more... Continue Reading →

When Thoughts Don’t Come

There's a freshly poured coffee waiting at my side. The computer screen is gazing at me. I am gazing at the keyboards, following every faultering movement of my fingers. They do not glide over the keyboard, punching out sentences, creating meaning. No, my hands are moving as slowly as my brain; a brain that is... Continue Reading →

Wonderful Tragedy

When studying tragedy, I ask my students what they can learn from it. I don't want the stock 'A Level' response, but a deeply felt reaction to the premise that all lives can be tragic. Why should we bother about the plight of Tess d'Urberville, Willy Loman, or Othello? An awful lot of my students... Continue Reading →

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