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Thanks for doings

The postcard dated 12 December 1945 is addressed to Mr B Crisp in Thorpe, Norwich. The message reads simply:

Thanks for doings

Although sent from Saxmundham in Suffolk, the picture on the card is from faraway British Columbia. 136 more words

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In the wallet

Never less
Than a hundred


In a basket
By the bed

Tank half full

Ready to go
At any time

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Waste Data

In the 1970s, while I was working for the publishing division of the Xerox Corporation, the company engaged in something called the Records Retention Programme. The purpose of this was to distinguish between records and files (loads of paper) that needed to be kept for legal or operational reasons, and to decide which could be disposed of, which could be stored more efficiently on microfilm, which moved to storage facilities that were cheaper than filing cabinets located in prime city centre offices, and which needed to be kept near to the people who generated it. 123 more words

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Mont Ventoux

This picture of a raptor near Mont Ventoux was taken in memory of Tommy Simpson who died there on a hot afternoon fifty years ago today during the 1967 Tour de France. 12 more words

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Coffee Beans

Recently I’ve taken to grinding coffee beans again,
And today, opening a new pack of Italian medium-roasted,
Filling up the coffee jar,
I shook and upended the vacuum-packing folds, 14 more words

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Memorial Day

I’m reading a collection of short stories by William Styron, and I am much enjoying the confident American style that doesn’t fear long sentences and the creative variety of precise punctuation that impresses as it soothes; reading such narratives requires a concentration, but it is a concentration given willingly and – the author must have worked so hard on this – with joy and gratitude to a master just entering his prime. 418 more words

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But such as life is, I believe I have got hold of the good end of it

Today, at a wonderful second-hand bookshop in Beccles, I bought a book created by Holbrook Jackson in 1945 called Bookman’s Holiday: a recreation for booklovers… 228 more words

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