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Night flying

Only helicopters now appear in the night sky above High Ham, but they seem to have been enough to have annoyed the newcomers to the village who objected to the noise. Once the sounds would have been far more intimidating … Continue reading

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Which stories do you keep?

My mother is a treasury of oral history. With an unrivalled knowledge of our complex family tree, where cousins marrying cousins mean a tangle of connections, she can also talk her way along each of the roads of the village, … Continue reading

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The absence of death

Death and the after life were the topic for the Year 7 lesson. Perhaps it is a topic that can only be addressed at secondary school. In High Ham, in primary school days, it is hard to remember death being … Continue reading

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Remembering JJ’s team

It would have taken a poet to commentate adequately on the play of JJ Williams. There was a speed, a litheness, a vision, a commitment in his play that song exceeded the vocabulary of most sports commentators. JJ played in … Continue reading

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Being gormless at half-term

Prior to beginning life as a teacher two years ago, my last autumn half-term holiday was in October 1974, for the school in Devon at which I spent the closing years of my secondary education did not believe in half-term … Continue reading

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