Monthly Archives: January 2012

Grey Britain: changed reading habits and an alternative view of World History

The best thing about rambling is the frissance of uncertainty about where you might end up, the slight anticlimax of finishing where you planned to be, day dream dashed. There may have been somewhere or something more interesting which you … Continue reading

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Moving forward

I dislike painting and decorating.  Or to be more accurate I dislike the preparation work which precedes the painting and decorating. It’s messy, fiddly, long drawn out and invariably the room looks far worse, positively depressing, before it starts to … Continue reading

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The New Year: a golden glow of optimism

It’s Friday morning and things are looking good.  I sat having my early morning beverage, a lemon and ginger ‘tisane’ as Hercule Poirot, that most famous of Belgians fictionally called it, basking in the sun as it rose above the … Continue reading

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The New Year: forecasts and looking to the future

Average temperatures in the UK (however that is defined and however relevant the figure is) were higher in 2011 than any year on record.  Not that the weather was what most would describe as ‘good’.  Except for bits of April … Continue reading

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New Year: sales, contrasts and looking ahead.

Christmas with the family and New Year with friends were good and Father Christmas brought me everything that I wanted.  But now it’s past: left-over food eaten; wrapping paper in the bin; house tidied up; shops returning to normal before they put Easter on … Continue reading

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