Monthly Archives: February 2012

Books as precious things

I’m sure, as the press developed, some royal ladies bemoaned the loss of their hand painted, velvet-wrapped prayer books. I can hear them complaining that typeset ink just didn’t look and feel the same as the real thing. Fathers moaned … Continue reading

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The white queen has gone

Walking in the forests of Quercy as the thick ice melts and streams rush for freedom. The dogs both went swimming. I didn’t.

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Winning for ‘Switzerland’

In case you missed it on FB and Twitter, on Saturday, at Get Writing 2012, run by the estimable Verulam Writers Circle, I won their short story cup. ¬†And here it is, in all its shiny glory. I am so … Continue reading

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A philosophy of luck

My friend, Peter Matthiessen, was the first Dane to sail solo round the world. These days he makes Aries wind vanes, very clever self-steering mechanisms that keep a boat sailing at a consistent angle to the wind. Peter has a … Continue reading

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