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Kieren Fallon - The Biography

A sentence on the inside of the fly cover of this book sums up Kieren Fallon’s career in the saddle: ‘Triumph and disaster have been inseparable...
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James Dean, a Memory and an Abrupt Ending

"You're James Dean in a uniform," she said, "is that it?" At my small piece of real estate there is a James Dean movie marathon playing. Giant ,...

Another World (a true story of railway confusion)

I got off the train today and thought I was in another world. It turned out I wasn’t; the train had just stopped at the platform further back than...
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Summer on Port Meadow

The river ran a ring of ice around my ankles as I stepped out of the thick air and onto the spiky soil of the riverbed. On the far side, the plane of...
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Lines Written On My Mother's 90th Birthday

My mother, had she lived, would have been 90 today. I took the day off work in order to make a pilgrimage and commemorate the occasion. These are rough words, unedited, just as they came to me whilst walking. Not a poem. Not a story. Just words. (my photo)
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Mr Russ.

I don’t have any War Medals from relatives. Dad did National Service in 1950, but was too young to serve in WW2. My Granddads were too young for WW1...
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Gift: A Son's Story (Birthday)

Today would have been my mother's 90th birthday. Her final birthday was her 88th. Given how ill she'd been two months earlier, it was remarkable that she had made it that far. But it was a good day. We spent it in time-honoured fashion - talking about old times...

First Man....Four Perfect Words

There's a whole lot of shakin' goin' on in First Man ..... a biopic of Neil Armstrong's journey to the moon. The film begins with shaking and every...

Macro Production

Pretty sure that spiders aren't afraid of death. They just keep doin' what they're doin' until they stop. Last week, my wife figured out a use for me...

Stars on Top

One of my first disappointments came in 1950 from what I did not find in a can of coffee. I had heard on the radio that Maxwell House coffee was the...