A big thank you

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On a bright sunny French morning in early July, a huge weight descended painfully across my upper body and I suddenly felt very unwell. A few minutes passed but nothing improved and I realised that, completely out of the blue, I … Read More

The beginning of a great adventure

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In a few weeks time, my family and I are off to Australia for a couple of months of intensive cross-continental travel. This will be our third visit to this astonishing place and one in which we hope to see … Read More

A line in the sand

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I retired from my permanent academic job some two years ago and so it is that the last student cohort that I admitted is now on the verge of departure. This milestone represents a final severing of links with this … Read More

The blank page

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We often talk of “turning over a new leaf” with relish. The prospect of a fresh start is almost always an attractive one: the opportunity to renew one’s creativity is presented and indeed symbolised by a new sheet. Whether it … Read More

A long silence

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Sometimes there’s too much to say and sometimes there’s too little – excess verbosity oddly but easily becomes what we popularly know as “writer’s block”. The creation of content that has some limited but superficial meaning remains possible but content … Read More

Go not gentle into that good night

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I once wrote a post which began “no-one told me that I was terminally ill….”. As events have turned out, a piece that was about generalised fear and its origins proved to be prescient. Last week I was diagnosed with … Read More

Did he fall or ……

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I was taking our large and boisterous dog out for a walk the other day when he decided to greet the old lady who lives across the street. He greets people with tremendous enthusiasm and, since he’s  a powerful mutt, … Read More

Old fart at play

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There are innumerable literary perpectives upon the subject of autumn, many of them metaphorical. As the nights become earlier and colder the prospect of book and armchair becomes ever more alluring and the consideration of literary procedures becomes a seasonally … Read More

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