It’s a small(er) world

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It’s quite a few years since I formally retired and several since I officially became a pensioner so it’s perhaps excusable and unsurprising that I’m physically and intellectually less active than I used to be. This is not to say … Read More

Work in (perpetual) progress

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At long last the website is more or less finished and, hopefully, I can just tinker with it for quite some time to come. There are still lots of images to be added but I think the number of portfolios … Read More

Now you see it……

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When I was 9 or 10 years old, I had a routine medical examination at school. As far as I could tell, this showed up nothing of note – certainly, the doctor gave no indication that anything was untoward – … Read More

Old man going

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To some extent, the deterioration caused by age is inevitable – we simply have little a priori indication of how fast it will proceed or how much impact it will have. There is, after all, no question as to the final … Read More

Crystal ball gazing

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If you’ve visited this site recently (September 1 2016), you may have noticed quite a few changes: this is the result of the apparent corruption of a number of files which was detected by my service provider. Quite what the … Read More

Ages of coast, ages of man

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Some people refer to parts of the Dorset shore as the “Jurassic Coast”. I’m writing this sitting close to the spectacular coast of North Devon. I use the term “spectacular” since, around here the rocks are tilted and twisted from … Read More

Travels with Max

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The late WG “Max” Sebald wrote what some critics regarded as a spectactularly depressing book, “The Rings of Saturn” about his travels through Suffolk. However, as was so often the case with his work, all is not quite as it … Read More

A question of sport

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The present English government has, as many will know, embarked upon a stern and unyielding programme of draconian cuts in public spending, citing economic neccessity as justification. While this may or may not be true, what is remarkable is the … Read More

Kings of the wild frontier

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How sweetly ironic that the Wikileaks saga is showing that governments in general seem unwilling to subject themselves to the same scrutiny that they demand of those they rule. Invasive body scanners, uncontrolled use of CCTV, electronic eavesdropping and the … Read More

The thrill of the chase

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There are forms and degrees of paradise and, in search of the transcendence for which we seek them out, we approach them with expectations that are sometimes appropriate but that are more often distorted by undue idealism, ignorance or insistence … Read More

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