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The Pier Falls - Mark Haddon

Sunlight can be many things. It can be dazzling, cheerful, burning, triumphant, glorious. In Mark Haddon’s hands sunlight becomes… sour. Reading The Pier Falls… 390 more words

History is Personal 1916-2016

History, like politics, is personal. It is people who make history, just as they make politics even when they don’t realize it.

I grew up aware from an early age that my grandfather had died in the Great War. 309 more words


The First of July

As the grotesque slaughter began further along the line to the south-west, 11th DLI was stationed at Brandhoek. The war diary for the day reads: 306 more words

11 DLI

Week 115: 'Honour is Purchased By the Deeds We Do'

Our dog Bingo shares an official birthday with HM Queen.  His, admittedly, is a date arrived at for slightly different reasons: less in need than Her Majesty for a date when the sun might be presumed to shine (ha!) on the public outpourings of congratulation, Bingo has rather more in common with Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear, who has an official birthday to make up for the fact that he has mislaid his own in his long travels to a new life.  950 more words

'It Ain't What You Do, It's What It Does To You' by Simon Armitage

‘It Ain’t What You Do, It’s What It Does To You’

by Simon Armitage

“I have not bummed across America
with only a dollar to spare, one pair… 56 more words