Category Archives: great britain

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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Nobody Hurts You.

‘Hey baby, I’m out of favour. You can’t always be the right flavour’: Nobody Hurts You (Harder Than Yourself): Graham Parker: 1979. For a few months shy of four years between 1976 and 1980 there were few better live rock … Continue reading

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Many Mansions.

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you: John 14:2 (KJV) My father was born in 1920. In the first sixty-five years of his life he visited what his generation knew … Continue reading

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Auld Aquaintances.

‘Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the last Prime Minister of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland…’ Last week ‘call me Dave’ returned to the Olympic Park in Stratford and invoked the spirit of Sir Chris Hoy and … Continue reading

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