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Erskine Childers' The Riddle of the Sands

The Riddle of the Sands was published in May 1903, and it has probably sold more than two million copies in its lifetime. Its author Erskine Childers was infuriated when it was described as fiction, because for him the issue of a probable German invasion by sea was real and the danger obvious. 1,011 more words

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Wartime leadership

A different kind of leadership is going to be needed in North America in the next decade.

The Church in Canada is moving into a different phase, with less overt impact on the government and society. 438 more words


The stratagems of aristocratic survival, in Colette's Julie de Carneilhan

This week’s letter is C, and today’s author is Colette. Julie de Carneilhan was published in 1941, reprinted by Penguin in the 1950s in an English translation by Patrick Leigh Fermor. 1,408 more words


122: Debris

I once was whole when there was life in the street
And love built in me a home,
Where the hearth-warmth once was cheery-sweet
And on the dressing-table lay a comb. 178 more words


In good company

It’s a curious thing. I opened up a recent edition of Waitrose Weekend and found this article on the first page:

It seems I am part of a trend! 267 more words

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The war has begun

The winds still

Leaves folded

Plants bowing

Animals silenced


Brightness defeated

The sun shot


Glowing of red

Darkness rising


Ladies Love A Sailor

Seldom do I get such a wonderful and welcome opening line….

women really do seem to love a sailor.

Being a Navy man,
I’m always happy to hear that! 414 more words