Monthly Archives: September 2017

Field Marshal Douglas Haig’s Glittering Prizes

Douglas Haig was adored by the British after he’d defeated Germany in 1918. Traditionally returning military heroes were garlanded with honours and wealth and Haig was no exception. Lloyd George, the Prime Minister, had doubts about the stellar qualities of … Continue reading

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Et tu, Brute?

“As he fell, Caesar cried out in Greek to Brutus, ‘You too, child’, which was either a threat (I’ll get you, boy!) or a poignant regret for the disloyalty of a young friend (You too, my child?), or even, as … Continue reading

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It’s Hell in Heaven


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How divorces happen

Tom finally decided to tie the knot with his long-time girlfriend. One evening after their honeymoon, he was welding some stuff in the garage, just for fun. His wife was standing there at the bench watching him. After a long … Continue reading

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Ted Carter: My first ‘lad’

On my first day at Hackney I went to the depot and met two men who I told I’d been sent my Mr Lacy. “Oh, that wax work dummy, at the Town Hall – is he still standing by his … Continue reading

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Book Review: P G Wodehouse~ Right Ho, Jeeves

Wodehouse writes silly, frothy inconsequential books of no particular merit except for one detail: they’re utterly brilliant. Readers have to park their brains in a locker and wallow in the glorious writing. Wodehouse writes books where the first and second … Continue reading

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View from a Tower Block ‘village’ on the edge of London

This photograph is taken from one of three council owned tower blocks built next to Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch. The photograph looks westward towards the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf Such a pretty little ‘village’, of just over two hundred flats, … Continue reading

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British Social Care and Home Ownership

The British family home has iconic status. Home ownership is longed-for and anyone not owning a house is silently thought of as, in some way, second class. Parents often give large amounts of cash to their adult children for deposits, … Continue reading

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Himalayan Health Centre

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