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When will they ever Learn?

When will they ever Learn?

I suppose at my advancing age (I’m 71 now) I should be used to the failure of our politicians as much as I am used to my own. Lately, and maybe because I am much more aware as an observer and outsider, the national failures have become more and more intolerable, the...
Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Kersbossstrand – strand as in beach. I stand on the beach and listen to the ocean, warmed by the setting sun. Today the sea whispers in soft susurrations. Sometimes it has a more resonant chant that pulses a rhythm in keeping with my heartbeat. Perhaps the pulse I...
Luxury on Rails

Luxury on Rails

My piece on the Bluebell Line evoked not only a past era but also a slew of responses about luxury and trains, especially given the current furore around the competence or otherwise of those running Britain’s railways. Along the coast of Southern England where I now...
The Past is Another Country

The Past is Another Country

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”                                                        From the novel by L.P.Hartley: ‘The Go-Between’ 1953 Once upon a time a country almost lost its sense of self. Almost, but in quiet rural corners...