Category Archives: Out and about

Kids knowing more about less

One teenager had not heard of EDF. The company engaged in a project costing £20 billion (or is it £25 billion?), a project in the same county, was no more than three letters that signified nothing to the person who … Continue reading

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Coming home late from the war

Uncle Jack and Auntie Gus; their polished granite headstone in Huish Episcopi churchyard does not tell a fraction of the story. In memory, they were an old couple.  They would be sat in two armchairs beside a warm coal fire.  … Continue reading

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This is the Shire

“Riverton” says the signpost to the new housing development. It sounds like somewhere from the pages of J.R.R. Tolkien, somewhere from The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. It would not be hard to imagine such tales unfolding among the … Continue reading

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The bandsman

Friday mornings, between 6.45 and 6.50 am, he drives across the moor. The car, a small Vauxhall hatchback, is heavily laden. Large red canvas bags fill the rear of the car. Cymbals from a drum kit rest on top of … Continue reading

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A land of huorns and ents

The dawn sunlight shone above the moorland below, the clear, sharp colours in the sky contrasting with the blanket of greyness at ground level. There was a moment’s temptation to stop the car and just to ponder the expanse of … Continue reading

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