Author Archives: Ian

The collapse of the Church of England

There was a time when High Ham had its own rector. Then it was absorbed into Langport and High Ham had a vicar under the rector in Langport. Then there was no longer a vicar in High Ham. And now … Continue reading

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Saints in Long Sutton and High Ham

Once, I was called upon to make the presentation at the retirement of a primary school teacher. It was a poignant occasion, (especially if you have to try to make the speech to say ‘thank you’). After decades of teaching … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences of good intentions

A good-intentioned number of newcomers to the village decided ‘affordable housing’ was necessary. They seemed not well-versed in market economics which awards an immediate premium to those who acquire assets at below market prices. Having contemplated ‘affordable housing,’ they then … Continue reading

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Flamengo?

No, it’s not a spelling mistake. It is a ‘g’ and not a ‘c.’ It is a Brazilian football club, not a form of Spanish dancing. Had you ever heard of Flamengo? Perhaps there are footballing cognoscenti who would be … Continue reading

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Another United Nations Day

Being of a compulsive disposition, after classes on Friday, I wiped the board and wrote the date for Monday. 24th October? Isn’t it the date for something? I remembered after a few moments. United Nations Day. I recalled school assemblies … Continue reading

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