Monthly Archives: March 2018

A Dear Old Friend: an obituary

June Kight lived on the same  estate as us in East London for more than thirty years. I  knew June via my wife, Jan, who organised and ran the Tenants Association called PASTA – the Parkhill and Sunrise Tenants Association. … Continue reading

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A novice taxi driver

A passenger in a taxi heading for Heathrow airport gently tapped the driver on the shoulder to get his attention. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus and stopped inches away from a large plate … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ I, Tonya (Margot Robbie and Allison Janney)

Allison Janney (LaVonna Fay Golden) rightly won the 2018 best supporting actor Oscar for a stunning performance throughout I, Tonya. She’s the horror show mother of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) who’s been cultivated since early childhood to be a champion … Continue reading

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A telephone family


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Soulless But Sentient

In the deepest distant restless oceans Life was cherished, before Adam’s line came Orcas, whales, dolphins, all swam deep At ease with their world of salt sea. Their language – rumbles, clicks whistles Sang the never ending songs. Some young … Continue reading

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Adroit thinking rewarded

A senior citizen bought a brand new BMW Z4 convertible and drove it out of the salesroom. Taking off down the motorway, he floored it to 120mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. “Amazing!” he … Continue reading

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French military atrocities 1933, 1944 and 1957: the normalisation of military terror tactics

Twentieth century French history is filled with horrific examples of brutal violence. Extra-judicial murder, torture, terror attacks on civilians and swaggering intimidation were routinely used*. Beliefs in racial superiority and entitlement legitimised atrocities. The French army provide a chilling context … Continue reading

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Building a snowman in Canada, 2018

8:00 — I made a snowman. 8:10 — A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn’t make a snow woman. 8:15 — So I made a snow woman as well. 8:17 — The nanny of the neighbours complained … Continue reading

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Designer guns for teachers


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From opulence to squalor: Gibson Square, Islington

This desirable row of Regency houses was built in the mid-1800s, in the reign of George IV. It was a highly desirable property with servants sleeping quarters in the two attic rooms. One room for the maids the other for … Continue reading

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