Monthly Archives: December 2012

Travelers Tale 6

With apologies to Hans Christian Anderson. There was once a little pencil. A happy little fellow. Tall and straight and full of lead,perfect to write and draw with. But this was no ordinary, dull pencil. This was a pencil with a mission. To do good,to make a … Continue reading

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It starts with a kiss and ends with a bang.

The big shows ended with big bangs. Downton Abbey  and Homeland. Shows as far apart as a feel good Christmas carol and Annie Lennox. But when the lovers in Homeland, the half crazed blond agent with the mouth as darling as Sydney Bridge and the … Continue reading

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Nativity Story

One of the wonders of parenthood is the fact we know and experienced that they were once little things and now they are adults. I’m not sure how much our  children love us for that knowledge. Whatever  . Once Leo was four as … Continue reading

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Santa Baby

Only a real Scrooge cannot get a little buzz for the annual Coke ads. Santa is a  coming.  Yes he is. Lights, presents, mince pies, carols,trees, good cheer, the odd  drink,a touch of religion, the cards around the world. Come on ,its great. Little children their … Continue reading

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Volunteer Tourism

In the poorest countries of the world,Nepal included there is a new class of visitor. They don’t come for the sights, the food.the mountains or the beaches,the culture or the history. They come because of the  country’s inadequacies its failings.They come to do good. In their … Continue reading

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John Keats and Me

The poets  I studied at A level have stayed with me ever since. Just as Hopkins  was once an  almost Putney resident and William Blake haunts every wedding and  funeral so Keats has been by my side for fifty years. … Continue reading

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End of History

1989. Russia,the evil empire imploded.  Coke had beaten Sputniks. The West had won. The Cold war  never became hot and the West and decency   triumphed.. Like all empires that rely on force the  Soviet empire had in the end failed. Some declared that  with the end of this ideological  confrontational … Continue reading

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