Bookish… February 2020

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It’s February, and that means it’s Valentine’s day! You either felt some strange excitement at that statement, or you rolled your eyes. Well, there...

A Traveller’s Lament

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When first I visited the Continent it was on business, not on pleasure bent; and though that trip was long, long years ago (when trains were fast...

Climate Change & Carbon Footprints

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‘Climate change and carbon footprints… Mark my words, those will be the buzz-words for the new decade, and I’ve a good mind to write...

A Florentine Sonnet

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Battered by a tsunami of tourists rolling past as I stood between the Duomo and the Baptistry, I felt the urge to write a...

A Beard ‘Too Long’ and a God ‘Too Old’ For Santa

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‘Too old, and my beard needs trimming. I travel a thousand stadia... spend six hours crammed into uncomfortable easyJet seats... pay out a small...