Author Archives: Ian

Coupons for shoes

Was it the prime minister of Italy or of Spain who said that stepping out into the world after the Covid-19 virus had passed would be like stepping out into your country after a war had ended? The death of … Continue reading

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Gone fishing

At the conclusion of an episode of Gone Fishing, the BBC television series with Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer, a day’s fishing in Yorkshire on the River Ure concludes with an exchange of gifts. The programme had included an encounter with … Continue reading

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Knots and problems

I was never a person for Union Jack bunting. When I lived in Northern Ireland, it marked out an area as Loyalist and always had associations with the tensions of the marching season. In England, Union Jack bunting seems to … Continue reading

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Lockdown is better than being a teenager in the 1970s

I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot more on television now than there was in the 1970s, and there’s still nothing on. Searching through the television schedules, there’s a sense of what a Saturday evening felt like in teenage years. … Continue reading

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The sounds of peace

Born in December 1936, Dad was eight years old on VE Day. Born five months later, Mum reached her eighth birthday on 1st May 1937, just a week before the day that marked the end of the war in Europe. … Continue reading

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