Author Archives: Ian

Shortening miles

Leaving the school at Burnham after the meeting, I put “home” into Google maps. It told me that I would reach High Ham in thirty-three minutes. It was just before five o’clock and the traffic would be busy, there would … Continue reading

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Dogged travelling

Mid-afternoon at West Wick roundabout: the approaching weather front with its snow-laden clouds had meant staff had been advised to leave school early. Perhaps it was the early departure that meant seeing the motor cyclist, perhaps he went through the … Continue reading

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Eating badly

The hamburger seemed to come complete in a cellophane wrapper. All that was required was to take it out and heat it in a microwave oven. There was even a slice of cheese, that appeared more plastic than cheese-like. “Healthy … Continue reading

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When it snowed in Somerset

The weather forecast is for a dusting of snow tomorrow. It brought a conversation recalling the days of 1978 when a blizzard swept across the West Country, cutting off entire rural communities for days. The fall of snow was not … Continue reading

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Sky gazing

The night sky was once a frightening place – its imagined terrors arose from black and white television programmes and the imaginings of local people. The 1960s were the times of the space race. The stories of the Sputnik and … Continue reading

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