Monthly Archives: August 2015

Surreal on the Serpentine

Lady Astor’s famous last words as she slipped back into consciousness and noticed her whole extended family around her bed side “Either its my birthday or I’m dying.” So last week a similar thought passed through my mind. It was … Continue reading

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Street Life and Death(2)

Street Life and Death (2) One route to happiness is to find someone worse off than oneself and help them. Sheila  lives opposite four doors down. She is in her late eighties and since her strokes  eighteen months ago rarely … Continue reading

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Day Out

Day Out A lot of people cream for the Grandparent role. Being a more suspicious type I have played a wait and see . In fact while the others rushed in bearing gifts, trinkets and unconditional love I thought I … Continue reading

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Books at Bedtime

Books before Bedtime Trevor is the public relations supremo who many years ago gave Leo his first job. He is a keen walker,loves churches and a voracious reader, he has turned me on to a whole stable of modern US … Continue reading

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Christmas 1944

Christmas 1944 There is usually a point in or weekly chats that George and I get round to the War. George 93 served in the Royal Artillery throughout the Italian campaign 1943-45. This week he told me of a  great … Continue reading

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A month in the country

A month in the country a life in the suburbs   Whether it’s a month by Turgenev or a rewritten three days  by Mauber its all go. She doesn’t love her husband and calls for his best friend her admirer, … Continue reading

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A Winter’s Tale

A Winter’s Tale The power and hope of spring,the passion of  summer, the beauty  of autumn,then it’s the cold of winter. The other day I was in the shower. Whistling the opening overture to Madame Butterfly, thinking of Arsenal’s latest … Continue reading

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