Author Archives: Ian

Paying my way

The notices advise of road closures in two weeks’ time, the tens of thousands heading to the pop festival at Pilton will cram the routes It is 45 years since I attended the Glastonbury festival.  The attendance was 12,000, a … Continue reading

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Voulez-vous?

‘The Beatles will be remembered long after Abba have been forgotten.’ It was an assertion with which it would have been hard to argue.  It was the late 1970s and Abba were at the height of their popularity, but the … Continue reading

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In this world and the next

There was a poetry in the hymns we sang at High Ham Primary School.  Apart from the entirely banal When a knight won his spurs, the choices from our hymnbook were weighty in theological and literary terms.  Even to someone … Continue reading

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In memoriam: Private Henry Lines

‘Their name liveth for evermore’. It was Rudyard Kipling’s idea to put words from the Hewbrew Scriptures’ book of Ecclesiasticus on the Stone of Remembrance in each war cemetery.  Kipling similarly composed the lines, ‘A Soldier of the Great War. … Continue reading

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I knew I was right

The girls of my tutor group were  trying to choose a song for a spring concert. To my surprise, the first song they considered was Candi Staton’s  Young hearts run free. ‘Ladies’, I said, ‘this song is forty-eight years old’. … Continue reading

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