Category Archives: New

First morning after half-term

Tuesday 12 June 2012 At 08:27 Scarlett arrives, and parks a little way onto the pavement, with the tail of her car level with the far end of the junction-box. Mrs Parker then arrives, and positions her green Escargot behind … Continue reading

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Obsessions of our children

Tuesday 29 May 2012 After breakfast, I see the Explorer and his parents setting off from their home. For the first time in a long time, the Explorer is on his scooter. He is wearing a helmet. His mother has … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Emerald Rail

As far as I know, the Old Man had no Irish ancestry, and never set foot in Ireland. He did get on well with Irish colleagues at work, and he seemed to like songs with an Irish flavour. Commentator Bytesmiths … Continue reading

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C.S.Lewis

Each of us finds that in his own life every moment of time is completely filled. He is bombarded every second by sensations, emotions, thoughts, which he cannot attend to for multitude, and nine-tenths of which he must simply ignore. … Continue reading

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Cut from the same cloth?

A recent posting by Sarah reminded me of the questionable pleasures of watching TV with the Old Man during his latter years. Her comment in reply to Plutonium Sox reminded me of an additional detail: how the Old Man used … Continue reading

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Jacques Tati

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot “Oh, very good,” said the Old Man when Hulot stepped onto the tow-rope and was catapulted into the harbour. Mon Oncle “He’s a bungler,” said the Deceased Lady dismissively, when Hulot absent-mindedly threw away the … Continue reading

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Echo-chamber of social media

Many parenting bloggers have expressed their dismay and incredulity at the result of the EU referendum. “How can Brexit have won? Nobody I know voted for Brexit.” Pro-Brexit parenting bloggers seem to be very thin on the ground. In the … Continue reading

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Options for change

Parenting bloggers seem to have been steering clear of an important subject: the EU referendum which will take place on 23 June. I wasn’t intending to say anything about that subject on this blog, but then a parenting blogger did … Continue reading

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Non-captive audience

In the mid-1960s, the Deceased Lady used to visit her cousin Mrs Lee on Tuesday afternoons. I was never present, but the Deceased Lady told me some of the things they talked about. It seemed that Mrs Lee kept coming … Continue reading

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I submitted a comment on http://www.snafflesmummy.com/2015/11/the-first-term-of-school.html , but it wasn’t published. The comment was: SnafflesMummy, I recently blogged on how things were at primary school back in the day: https://bleke4.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/progress-or-regress/ I can remember only one request for money, in all … Continue reading

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