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Provada!!

This is a piece I’ve been struggling intermittently to write. There are two little stories you might want to read hidden away among thoughts on names and language and ear worms that you might not want to read. As I … Continue reading

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the plant itself

“Abies cephalonica Grecian fir. Large evergreen tree to 30m with a pyramidal crown and dark brown bark tinted with orange, becoming darker and fissured with age; twigs hairless and buds very sticky. Leaves needle-like, spreading, thick…. Mountain slopes. May-June. S. … Continue reading

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searching for vibrant, august 2017

(and isn’t it infuriating how they keep turning adjectives into pretentious nouns?) I wrote about my search for the epic, vibrant South Bank here: new outrage in SE1. I’ve been there a few times since, always hopeful. The mix of heritage … Continue reading

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Icons in SE1

David ‘Born to Dare’ Beckham is currently appearing, in rotation with various “punks” for Brewdog, on a monument, a stainless steel hoarding near the Imax roundabout in Waterloo which serves to block off the view of the National Theatre, those … Continue reading

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deck chair knee jerk

Some time last year the Minister for Transport, whoever that was and what ever the department is now called, rejected the Mayor of London’s request that more suburban rail services be added to the Overground network and no longer be … Continue reading

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endemics

A few words on the claim, the acclaim, the clamour for endemics. When we say that a disease is endemic, we simply mean established, I think, in a particular area. But when it is said that a plant is endemic … Continue reading

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more on Germany and the war

(see also Remembering and forgetting – the bombing of Dresden, october 2016 Victor Klemperer tells the story of a woman who worked alongside him in the factory – but first I should explain that the handful of Jews who remained in … Continue reading

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Anavriti (in the Peloponnese again)

    (My first visit to the village, in April) Anavriti lies at about 750 metres on the east side of the Taygetos mountains, which run north-south along the central of the three fingers of the southern Peloponnese. These sentences … Continue reading

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at Lamledra (2) – erosion

see also! At Lamledra    lamledra 3   “In German lingers an old word, Ortsbewustung, designating the bewildering or wildering of a once-maintained, ordered, loved place. In English, bewilderment is a new term, traceable to about 1620. From its beginning it connoted … Continue reading

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Virgin

Recently I came back to London from Stockport on the train, a Penguilino, geddit? – specially decorated for Christmas by a little girl who won the competition. Family fun is one aspect of Virgin’s presentation. More solemn is the locomotive … Continue reading

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