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A minute of your time

There was a minute’s silence at the football on Saturday. I was there with my youngest. He’s old enough to have figured out for himself how he feels about it, but even so I felt like maybe I should explain … Continue reading

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England are going to win the World Cup! (In 2026.)

The cause for such optimism? http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41545920 Possibly the only good thing for me personally about the hideous lurch to the right this country has taken in the last couple of years is that it’s made me realise how much I … Continue reading

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Go South West, life is very, very peaceful there

About six weeks ago I was delayed at Winnersh Triangle railway station. I call it a station, it’s basically a long wooden walkway with no amenities whatsoever, other than a couple of benches. I was there for 78 minutes, on … Continue reading

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Carry on carrying on

I don’t often write in the aftermath of seismic events in current affairs, such as the London attacks. It’s generally just because, if I’m completely honest, I don’t know where to start. Expressions of rage feel pointless and futile, not … Continue reading

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A high new low

Each of my three elder children has, at one time or another, come to me with a piece of Big News. It doesn’t really matter what, the relevant part is that they were all things which might have made a … Continue reading

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Like an illiterate, writing for the very first time

I am giving away some Madonna postcards, which recently came to light in a clear-out, via the recycling site Freegle. They were included with a CD single I must have bought to sell at some point, and somehow the cards … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye

It’s been a week now since the man with whom I worked for 16 years left his job. A two man team, me and him, 16 years. Think about where you were 16 years ago, in 2001. Think of all … Continue reading

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