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Celtic 2—1 Lazio.

Celtic 2—1 Lazio. Celtic got lucky last night and I got unlucky, with my three quid bet on Christopher Julien to score the first goal, odds 40/1. Julien popped up with the winner on the last minute of the ninety. But there was still time for the Italians to fling players forward. Celtic held out. Prior to the nail-biting finale, with some stout defending, but for two wonder saves by Fraser Forster victory could and perhaps should have went to...

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn book review

'...we made tea. Moth found a hairy wine gum in his pocket so we cut that in half.' The South West Coast Path stretches from Minehead in Somerset down to Lands End and back to Poole. 630 miles, a lot of steep paths.. I've only done teeny bits and taken the bus back home or gone to a Youth Hostel. (I love Tintagel Youth Hostel.) Raynor and Moth have are homeless. They are fifty and the farmhouse they've built from a ruined shell which is also...

Fallen Angels

Mothers of the Disappeared

Mother, Memories, and Calculus

I've just noticed that i reposted an item called Mother, Memories, and Calculus, and four people commented on it. I have no recollection of reposting...although obviously I did. It's just the way I am nowadays. I like to think of it as being a little forgetful. Unfortunately it is happening more and more. Thankyou to those who commented. I'll try to be more attentive in future.

Derren Brown (2016) Happy: Why more or less everything is fine.

I like Derren Brown which makes everything easier. As Billy Connolly said when people approach him they are usually smiling. Derren Brown doesn’t make me happy. You can only do that yourself and he’s not really sure that happiness exists, except as a transitory experience, a bi-product of something else. Derren Brown’s book reminds me of chap-books heroines in nineteenth-century novel, written by Jane Austen, who were, for example, always...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 11 Oct 2019 The weather and news may be bleak but ABCtales is full of life and energy! Another week of fabulous writing - thank you to all who have posted. Our picks this week both draw on the hidden depths of the domestic world. Story of the week goes to Noo with her two captivating portraits of loneliness and quiet lives behind closed doors. https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/involuntary Poem of the week goes to...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

The weather and news may be bleak but ABCtales is full of life and energy! Another week of fabulous writing - thank you to all who have posted. Our picks this week both draw on the hidden depths of the domestic world. Story of the week goes to Noo with her two captivating portraits of loneliness and quiet lives behind closed doors. https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/involuntary Poem of the week goes to a wonderful autumnal concoction from Ed...

The Colour of Memory by Geoff Dyer - book review

Welldescribed grit with bright sploshes of lyricism. Published in 1989 it describes a Brixton that is often unsafe. The storyteller fortifies his council flat with tons of metal, his pal has to butt a racist agressor in the stomach and run for his life and jump onto a bus. The characters are young,likeable, a group of friends, sometimes working at casual jobs at a time sometimes not. They have a lively energy. Some do creative stuff, at least...

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