Category Archives: great britain

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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Bonne Continuation..?

A year ago I posted a short, well, short by my standards, note here reflecting on the year that had passed. And wishing those of you who had shared it here with me a very ‘bon fin d’année’. It was, … Continue reading

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Le Courrier De Nuit (Traduction Pierre Telliac).

  C’est le courrier de nuit qui franchit la frontière , Distribuant les cartes du jeu d’une autre manière , Ravivant passions à gauche comme de droite , Pour un bon voyage d’espoir et de peurs ce soir. Des rêves … 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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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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