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Fifteen Minutes with Me

How many hours does it take for the earth to go around the sun – 24?  But since the world is apparently going pear-shaped, I’m not sure that this is still the case.  What if you were on the plump bottom end of the pear…then perhaps a rotation takes 32 hours and on the leaner, [...]

You’ve Got Mail

We were always P.O. Box 39, from the year dot which must be when that old post office building came into being.  The letterboxes looked like a solid wall of tiny metal doors, each with a cluster of small round ventilation holes.  The key that unlocked the mini metal door with a particular amount of [...]

Hungry for a beautiful Life

“People are hungry for genuine human stories now more than ever.  We’ve gotten so caught up in this culture of self-branding where everybody cherry-picks what they show on social media and glosses over their failures and setbacks… But it’s the failures and the setbacks that people want to hear about, not these carefully curated success [...]

Yellow is the new Green

Today is Sunday, 22 January 2017.  Weather forecast:  “Blazing sunshine and very hot”, predicted temperature 39ºC, real-feel 40ºC.  The week ahead promises “hot with plenty of sun” and temperatures in the high thirties.  But wait a minute; this is what I want to see:  “Cooler with spotty showers, 26ºC” – on Tuesday.  Yay! In our [...]

Here is Your Country

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. -Theodore Roosevelt Belonging to a country is like having a surname - it doesn’t define you personally but it gives you an identity, more than your first [...]

The Road Home

Distantly you recognise an outline….a tree, a rooftop, the crest of a hill….and in your stomach something moves upwards towards your heart. In the pleasant surge, there is a pinprick of anxiety; because what you have recognised is a glimpse into somewhere you know you are absolutely safe.....but you are not there yet.  Like an [...]

We don’t dream of Pavement Living

This morning there were two big woolly mounds up against the fence of the town park and I saw them move.  It was a strange sight. I had slowed down my car, approaching the Stop street, and that is when the sort of heaving movement caught my eye.  I looked more carefully and saw what [...]