Monthly Archives: November 2015

“Cider with Rosie” by Laurie Lee (1959) – poetry in motion

Nothing whatsoever to do with “Under Milk Wood”, in fact couldn’t be a more innocent portrayal of youth in many ways – and there’s nothing even remotely as flamboyant about this man’s somewhat idyllic childhood in a remote village set in a … Continue reading

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The Costa Book Awards 2015 Shortlist

Nothing like a good cup of strong, hot coffee and a new set of books jostling for a British award, eh.  The Costa Book Awards have been going since the early 1970s and will announce this new year’s Category Winners … Continue reading

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Paris November 2015 – Victor Hugo & “La Vie en Rose”…

As I write from this little flat in Paris, the sounds of intermittent police or ambulance sirens break into the usual flow of general outside traffic and it’s hard to quell that instant “what if?” thought. It’s a normal morning, … Continue reading

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“Three Men in a Boat” by Jerome K. Jerome (1889) – messing about on the river

The subtitle of this witty ditty is “To Say Nothing of the Dog” – and who’d have thought that prime suspect Montgomery the fox terrier with attitude was the only character of the batch to be a figment of the … Continue reading

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