Wednesday, 27 February 2019

what a difference a year makes

This time last year we had the Beast from the East.  This year we are very nearly sweltering in a heatwave.

thick with daffodils
gorse in bloom
It’s beautiful, but it isn’t winter.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

pass the parcel

Different second hand book vendors have different attitudes to packing their wares for the rigours of posting.

I just received a book wrapped in a paper bag, then a layer of bubble wrap, then a repurposed cardboard box, then brown wrapping paper sealed with packaging tape.  As I was opening the delivery, I was wondering if there was indeed a book inside at all!

Friday, 15 February 2019

Dominic Grieve

A Tory MP talking sense on Brexit, for once.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019


I came across this while clearing out some old papers.  It’s a variant of the liar paradox, as the last of four “limericks”.

There was a young girl from Japan
Whose limericks never would scan.
     When someone asked why
     She said with a sigh,
“It’s because I always attempt to get as many words in the last line as I possibly can.”

Another young poet from China
Had a feeling for rhythm much finer.
     His limericks tend
     To come to an end

There was a young lady of Crewe
Whose limericks stopped at line two.

There was a young man of Verdun.

Monday, 4 February 2019

clouds at sunset

I love this kind of interplay of clouds and sun at sunset.

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