Month: May 2011

The writing on the wall

There are some books that immediately speak to some inner part of us. Within a page or two we are entranced, with that same focus and attention that we had as children when we read under the covers because we couldn’t bear to leave a chapter unfinished. While writers such as Tolkien and J K …

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Lyonnesse

What child doesn’t like the idea of living on a tropical island, palms swaying in the breeze and pale sand to run your toes through? Cue music… Add to that a dash of mystery and hidden treasure, and you have all the makings of a classic children’s book.* Or failing that, a week away to …

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Friends Reignited

I spoke to a friend of mine this week for our customary biennial (and occasionally triennial) phone call. It’s always great to shoot the breeze with him and especially so this time because no one had died. In the way that old friends are, we used a shorthand crafted by the years – a funny …

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Memory Maker

Do you have a friend who consistently gets a fact wrong, even if it’s a detail about an event that you’ve previously corrected them on? It’s as if that piece of information is permanently misfiled or corrupted – the memory equivalent of two synapses stuck in a death grip handshake. It reminds me (no pardon …

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May – the force be with you

May Day, Beltane, International Workers’ Day – call it what you will, it’s a special day. Poles will be danced around, men with bells on will entertain crowds and ancient folklore traditions will be enacted again as they are at this time every year. It has been said that there is nothing new under the …

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