Author Archives: Ian

Magpie studies

Stern warnings were given about not leaving shiny things on window sills. A story was told of a woman taking off her ring to wash the dishes on the kitchen sink, which was in front of an open window, and … Continue reading

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Resentment

There were complaints from newcomers to the neighbourhood about night-time low flying exercises by helicopters from the naval airbase at Yeovilton. One local resident took to the Internet to complain about the attitudes of the newcomers: the air station ha … Continue reading

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Soap

The Sixteenth Century writer and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.” It was an idea taken up by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism in the Eighteenth … Continue reading

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Living in a rain shadow

“John and Pam used to say to me that they couldn’t understand how they got much more rain where they lived in North Devon than we did here in Somerset,” ”Rain shadow, Mum.” ”What’s that?” ”At Ham school, Miss Rabbage … Continue reading

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Idle hands

My mother spent the day supervising my nephews in the tidying of their room. Twelve and thirteen years old, they are still at an age where they will do as their grandmother bids them. Even if the room had been … Continue reading

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