Category Archives: independence

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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Mayday Mayday Mayday.

‘What are you sinking about… ?’ When he first suggested Mayday as the internationally recognised signal for a life threatening emergency Frederick Stanley Mockford was thinking about the French. He was an air traffic controller at Croydon Aerodrome. It was … 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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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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