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A Magical Day

My birthday is next week. The gift I usually ask for is a memory-making experience. We usually celebrate the weekend preceding my birthday and in the past we have gone to wild bird sanctuaries or cider mills or simply on drives through the beautiful autumn countryside. 1,395 more words

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"All I Ever Wanted..."

“All I ever wanted was to be free enough to make my own mistakes” – Mance Rayder, Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1.


On John Cooper Clarke and The Fall

Ever been dragged to a gig by a mate and had your eyes opened a new and unexpectedly amazing experience?

As a young impressionable schoolboy in Liverpool during the punk rock explosion of ’77-’78, I was asked by a classmate, John, if I would go with him to see John Cooper-Clarke, as he also wanted to be a punk poet.  653 more words


Dead Pine

In which the person involved reflects on various things: (1) the fact that the end of September is so uncharacteristically warm, (2) wishes for the  future of presuppositionalism, (3) the fact that he cannot voluntarily control outcomes. 98 more words


The British Tea Ceremony

I’m sure most people have heard of a Japanese tea ceremony, even though you might not be entirely sure of what it consists of. That’s cool, neither do I, I have a vague idea that it involves the green powder Japanese usually use for tea, called matcha in Europe, no idea if that is what it’s actually is called in Japan, and a whisk. 529 more words

Sunday Poem - Mark Carson

It’s been my first week back at my job as a peripatetic teacher this week.  I’ve been doing this job for 12 years now – I can’t quite believe it’s been that long.  2,255 more words