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The Full English.

I am in the restaurant of a golf club in Sussex. It is Sunday morning. And the waiter, as it happens, is from Poznan. I tell him that the soot on the buildings there always used to remind me of … Continue reading

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Send In The Clowns.

I once had the honour of working with the British actor and satirist Peter Cook. I was an advertising copywriter in London then and I was recording a radio spot for Network SouthEast, a part of the then still publicly … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Three Cities.

There’s a joke told about the British in Brussels. Actually there’s a few but this one’s my favourite: ‘How can you tell when the Eurostar from London has arrived… ? They turn the engines off and it still keeps whining.” … Continue reading

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Twenty-Eight Weeks Later.

I first posted this ‘homage’ to The Night Mail from Princes Street Gardens on September 20th 2014. Today I am happy to post it again. Surprised only by the speed at which it has come to pass. And the circumstances … Continue reading

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Night Mail (With Apologies To W. H. Auden).

This is the night mail crossing the border, Sowing the seeds of a different order, Stirring passions on left and right, To their hopes and fears Godspeed tonight. Dreams of justice stir their cause, Or of English votes for English … Continue reading

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Hearts And Minds #2 (Edinburgh 20/09/14).

‘Still thou art blessed compared wi me! The present only toucheth thee: But och! I backward cast my e’e, On prospects drear! An’ forward tho’ I canna see, I guess an’ fear!’ : To A Mouse: Robert Burns: November 1785. … Continue reading

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Hearts And Minds #1.

On May 1st 1979 I submitted my final year dissertation for my LL.B. at Aberdeen University. It ran to thirty-one double spaced typewritten pages and was bound with a single staple top left. And yes, I do still have a … Continue reading

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