Author Archives: Ian

Remembering the Bellots

Remembering a young man from our road who died in the Great War recalled a mystery that we had solved ten years ago. We moved to the village of High Ham in Somerset in February 1967.  Our house was the … Continue reading

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Firework night

The cartoon in The Times depicts John McDonnell, the Labour shadow chancellor, asking for a penny for the guy; the guy in the cartoon is his party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. It is a cartoon that would presumably have resonance among … Continue reading

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An ascetic life

The village name means “the big island,” looking at a BBC aerial photograph of the village in the winter of 2014, a picture showing the village surrounded by flood water that isolated it for five weeks, it is not hard … Continue reading

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Batten down the hatches

At the end of each summer, my mother would say, “it’s time to batten down the hatches.” Battening down the hatches meant putting away everything that was not needed over the winter months and firmly securing everything that might be … Continue reading

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Story times

Asked to sit and read quietly, most Year 7 students will take out the same reading book they have had for weeks, or simply sit and stare into nothingness: reading does not seem to capture the imagination. Perhaps there is … Continue reading

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