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Late Blackberrying

Late for blackberries, missed it this year - let’s go up Wort Hill – ‘look-out point’ over Shropshire dips and ups, and on to Edgton – enjoy the air...

3) William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce worked hard to enforce full emancipation from slave degradation. [IP: clerihews]

2) Ringo

Beatle Ringo Starr played drum kits, not guitar; famous to children later as the “Thomas and Friends”’ narrator. [IP: clerihews]

Perfect Peace

[Continuing the hymn-for-Sundays series] We trust in him, we trust none else: we save our earnings, plan, but still it’s not in such we have our...

1) 'On yer bike'

Sir Christopher Hoy 'caught the bug' as a boy – broke records with medals as he pushed on his pedals! [IP: clerihews]


193 of my comments have received 200 Great Feedback votes

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Thought-provoking, Jean, and

Posted on Fri, 12 Feb 2016

Thought-provoking, Jean, and I can empathize with much that is on your mind. As a family, when I was growing up we didn't kiss, hug, or say 'I love you' much, but I think we were at ease with each other and had a warmth of expression in greeting...

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Posted in I Hate the Word Love

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You do seem to be able to

Posted on Mon, 05 Oct 2015

You do seem to be able to describe his thinking very naturally, and his observations, looking into the water, noticing the small life, and drifting into imaginations.
Then suddenly the tensions, mirrored a bit by his grandad's tensions. It...

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Posted in Jake Mutant - Chapter Four

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Welcome, you are new here,

Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2015

Welcome, you are new here, aren't you? You've drawn out an interesting and tender theme here.
I liked the thoughtfulness of  'As the passion that they share Crescendos with great care.'

Personally I would have liked a...

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Posted in The Embrace

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This reminded me of when my

Posted on Wed, 07 Jan 2015

This reminded me of when my son was being taught about the 'rules of composition' for music, and I worried he would lose what seemed to be spontaneous and individual intuition for what would make interesting sound. He assured me it wouldn't, but...

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Posted in The Discovered Unartist

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Trying to see where you're

Posted on Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Trying to see where you're coming from in this, PT. It's because of the suffering, death, sin, that God is doing something. I know we would like him to sort it all out at ths moment,  but just like the prophecies concerning his first...

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Posted in Broken Faith

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Stephen, I don't manage to

Posted on Thu, 11 Dec 2014

Stephen, I don't manage to dip much into the prose section, and horror and surreal isn't really my scene – I didn't even like 'Alice in Wonderland' as a child! However I did find reading this intriguing for the well-structured brevity, and the...

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Posted in Shadow Cooking

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Thanks, I appreciate your

Posted on Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Thanks, I appreciate your interest at analysis, Stephen. My background is Welsh and Welsh poetry which makes a lot of use of repetition of consonants or part words to form unbotrusive patterns to help the impact of verse. (In its technical...

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Posted in No Ties (IP)

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Much of interest and

Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016

Much of interest and informative here. I felt the ease in temperature a little with the snow falling. When he mentions making the furniture, I remembered part of my father's letter about his war experiences when they made some furniture, and...

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Posted in Chet and the Prisoners - 8

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Hi, Jean. Didn't the locals

Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016

Hi, Jean. Didn't the locals get to whipping around to getting some clothing in it to them? I suppose there was a lot of chaos with so many suddenly going off to war, and the centre was out in the country, but surely those running the camp could...

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Posted in Chet and the Prisoners - 3

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Very interesting. Makes you

Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2016

Very interesting. Makes you see it from the eyes of such a one caught up in it. Easy to see the necessity of the authorities to do something in a time of war and concern for embedded spies, and also to realise everything got done very hastily,...

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Posted in Chet and the Prisoners - 2