Author Archives: Sarah Tanburn

About Sarah Tanburn

I'm a writer, a sailor and a strategic adviser to public organisations. Visit my other websites to find out more.

Dykes, broads and carrs: the meaning of English

Wake. Wash. Broad, carr and navigation. My personal, ambiguous favourite, dyke. Words with multiple meanings, complex etymology, a storied history. Such words are intimately associated with the intermingling of land and water, with places of the borderline, places where identity is … Continue reading

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Ghosts older than war: a walk in Norfolk woods

Any walk, well-taken, is full of hints and echoes, whispers if what was and what might be. The woods of Stow Bedon and Brecks of Thompson Common are hardly on the wild side, yet I walked for over two hours … Continue reading

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Unassisted dying, Parkinsons and cruel myths: #yesuntiltheend

Myth number 1: you don’t die of Parkinson’s. Website after medical article after clinician will tell you it’s not terminal. And most people, it seems, don’t. They die of complications after a fall (all too common as the disease destroys … Continue reading

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December: Dusk

Delighted to shout out about this on the lovely site ink sweat & tears

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@BBCr4Today replies to my complaint about Lawson

Ceri Thomas is the august Head of Programmes at BBC News.  He has said, in reply to my letter: The BBC is committed to impartial and balanced coverage of climate change. Furthermore we accept that there is broad scientific agreement … Continue reading

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“BBCr4Today: Lawson is from Lala Land.

This is an open letter to Jamie Angus, Editor of Radio 4’s Today programme.  I am grateful to Rob Hopkins at Transition Towns, who wrote a letter yesterday with many relevant points I have plagiarised. Basically: the BBC should not … Continue reading

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Love [wherever]

My article about travelling in India, entitled Homecoming is accompanied by this lovely artwork from Margeurite Dabaie.   They are both in the very beautiful magazine [wherever], an American literary creation.  They newly launched last year in print, which is a very … Continue reading

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1300 years of blood: valuing the instruments of peace

Next time you wonder what the European Union has ever done for us, remember just one word. Peace. It has been the greatest force to bring jaw-jaw to the dysfunctional family, and we should treasure it for that alone. We … Continue reading

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Stars In My Eyes: Words & Women in Norwich

Me:  writer new to Norwich, looking for congenial groups and opportunities to learn.Words and Women Norwich: supports and promotes women writers living and working in the East of England today.  How excellent is that?  I joined up and reserved Sunday … Continue reading

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On the reopening of Penarth Pier

Piers are storied, blurred by association and half-remembered scraps of history, no two the same but all sharing essential qualities of function and form, water and linearity, functional structures with froth on top. Long jetties or working wharves for ferries … Continue reading

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