Category Archives: Religion

et dieu crea la reine claude…

As I ate my five hundredth greengage of the day I began to ponder on aw and awe and concluded  how awful, meaningless and fucking annoying is the current use of awesome as a superlative particularly if Oh My God … Continue reading

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A cake named Joan …

Bakewell is to be found in Derbyshire as well as in the name of a celebrated jam filled, almond flavoured confection but, for me, Bakewell will forever be associated with crumpets. Joan Bakewell is an English journalist,  television presenter and Labour Party … Continue reading

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Lifting the lid…..

A very significant moment of the year has just occurred and passed, unnoticed, to all but me. I have put on a pair of socks. This ceremony is as clear a sign of seasonal change as naked druids dancing at … Continue reading

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We Three Kings of Ory and Tar…

It’s a lovely song but it doesn’t take much to realise that something, or someone, is missing. The title declares the presence of three kings yet only the king of Tory and his chum, the king of Tar are mentioned. … Continue reading

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Brussels demand a green Xmas…..

September is long gone, but the leaves of brown show no sign of tumbling down this November although the lyricist would be happy to know that it’s raining. Wherever he was when he penned those lyrics, it wasn’t the Vendee. … Continue reading

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Shell shock..

There is a superstition, which I  have found to contain more than a grain of truth,  that bad things come in threes, as in the three horsemen of the apocalypse. Four horsemen, I hear you say, but. according to my … Continue reading

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What starts off sweet, gets bitter and ends up nicely?…this post.

Why such a large proportion of us human beings should be so interested in the minutiae of lives that are as distant from our own existences as the sun, is always a surprise to me. As the polar caps melt, … Continue reading

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Cross words and radishes….

The neutral grey of the sky only served to accentuate the multiplicity of greens and ochres that make up the “slap” on the face of the countryside at this time of year. Driving along shiny, rain slick, black lanes this … Continue reading

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Always look on the bright side of rice…..

Billions of Christians across the world will be making the best of a Good Friday that was far from good for the main protagonist who was executed in the most grisly fashion for the good of mankind.  Looking at the … Continue reading

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I’ll be yours in buttons and bows…..

I had a favourite aunt who was firm in the belief that men put on dresses when they wanted to appear really important, and it appears that the clergy are keen followers of my aunt’s views. The Ku Klux Klan … Continue reading

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