Category Archives: Memories

Anniversary Deaths…

800 years since the death of Al-Malik ab-Adil/Saphadin/Saif al-Din, brother of Saladin*,  in 1218 And my poetry book informs me it’s 330 years since the death of John Bunyan. Henry Moore died exactly 32 years ago in 1986. 21 years … Continue reading

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When Nutella Riots spread across France…

Are the French really so desperate for cheap food? From my first recollections of food and cooking, I was aware that the food we had at home wasn’t like that of my school friends; we were a bit different; I … Continue reading

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Howling winds to close the doors of the year…fresh pages await the recording of new days

Some time ago I labelled myself  “a librarian of memories” because it became so very clear that I cannot exist without the framework of memories which surrounds my very being. Being an avid diarist and recorder of life’s moments, I … Continue reading

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Missing the Tomato Feast…

September is always a special month for me as my mind re-invigorates the memory of the arrival of my first-born; not a straightforward story but one which might be used to illustrate the importance of the trusting relationship between patient … Continue reading

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June did not rid the world of May…

So the month shifted from May to June, but the surprise General Election did not clear the political slate, nor did it provide the Prime Minister with the strong mandate she desired to pull the UK through the Brexit process….May … Continue reading

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Recipe for Spring…the greening of the Earth

Spring   Nothing is so beautiful as spring- When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like … Continue reading

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The year closes….another goodbye

In this last hour of 2015 as the first fireworks explode outside I can only feel that the years are racing by at a speed I could never have imagined in my childhood. In that first decade of life the … Continue reading

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Medical Doctor turned poet born this day 220 years ago

Dipping into poetry books as a break from life’s chores offers a brief escape into another person’s mind and creativity; how much time is available does affect the choice of poem, especially if wanting to dig around searching for meaning. … Continue reading

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Summer 2015 closes….

  A day of drizzle marked that glorious souvenir of Victorian Britain; the August Bank Holiday.  Walking with my son before his return for the final year at university, in the late afternoon we noticed the ripening blackberries.  The dark-spotted … Continue reading

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Great deals on gravy!

  Being a survivor of boarding school one of my strongest memories is the excitement and anticipation of the post. Delivered during the morning it was handed out at lunchtime; the anxiety of waiting to hear one’s name being read … Continue reading

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