History lesson

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time” was one of the most prescient quotes of the 20th century. The …

Dic’s hoedown

♫♫♫ To the tune of Battle Hymn Of The Republic Mine eyes have seen the horror of the coming of the fraud, He is trampling on the values where enlightenment …

A fair wind in the Willows

As I gradually get stronger and more able to do mundane things like gardening, cooking and housework, I’m finding that the toughest physical challenge of all is, perhaps surprisingly, writing. …

Dic is unwell

My partner Dic Mortimer has been seriously ill in hospital during the last month. Thankfully this week he was allowed home to start the process of convalescence and recovery. Therefore …

Winterminable

On a frosty early morning, with dawn just breaking, I was fetching the food caddy from the shed to put out for the bin-men when I heard a loud, rhythmic …

Last card

After Christmas dinner was over and everything was cleared away, he wanted to play cards. He wanted to play a game of hearts. ♣ The accumulated memories of his 94 …

Shock therapy

I was so shocked to hear that a monk on Caldey Island sexually assaulted girls for decades and the Cistercian monastery tried to hush it up, only paid derisory compensation …