Category Archives: Out and about

Disappearing green baize

“Pool and snooker table maintenance,” announced the strapline on the side of the white van. Times being what they are, it is hard to imagine that the driver is finding much work. Snooker tables used to be commonplace. “Billiard tables,” … Continue reading

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Sportsmen of the past

“Uncle Dick and Uncle Andrew were very keen on sports.” It must be some thirty years since my grand uncles died, but from what I remember they never seemed very like sportsmen. Our family are not athletic.  We are short … Continue reading

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No aliens here

“US officials can’t explain UFOs, but aliens not ruled out,” the RTE headline caught the eye. Such a story with have caught the imagination in teenage years when our neighbouring county of Wiltshire was said to be the UFO capital … Continue reading

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A hint of harvest

Perhaps it had been wishful thinking, but there seemed a hint of a lighter colour in the field of winter barley, maybe not signs of gold, but certainly something paler than deep green. A search of the web revealed that … Continue reading

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Archie’s Day

Seventy-seven years ago, my friend Archie set foot on a beach in northern France. Archie was 21 years old at the time. He was from Newtownards in Co Down, the town where I knew him in my days as a … Continue reading

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