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In Praise of Goodness

We can all laud, lament, wallow and sizzle in the nastiness, the rats, the rot, the deceitful selfish unfairness that humanity creates and fuels*. The glorious joys that warm our world are all too often contemptuously ignored in our familiar routine race to our daily desires. Joy to the world, the breath we breathe, an […]

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Simply, a walk…

It’s that time of year again. Last March we posted a Spring walk. This week we did our first ramble of 2017. Nothing difficult, simply a round walk along The River Soar from Barrow to Mountsorrel, up the mound, and back down to The Waterside for an anniversary ale (13 years), and then there’s The Navigation for another […]

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Music…

It’s been 19 days into January and we’ve succeeded todate to go without chocolate, biscuits and sugary treats, but today being a Friday I needed a pick me up mid-day… luckily I had been asked by the college where I work to contribute to their radio station’s Desert Island Discs show. Fullhurst Community College in […]

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A crazy idea!

Five years ago this month, I posted about my ‘small on the outside, big on the inside’ local town shop.  Regrettably, ‘Cyclops’ in Syston are closing down this year – but the Serfas ‘True 250’ rechargeable bike light that I bought five years ago has been used week-daily through five winters, being used for ~2 hours a day, the […]

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New route, new horizons…

…and so after a spell in both the doldrums and some rough seas, the little red boat found harbour and anchored up for a while. After leaving the land that hope forsook, it’s a reminder; be mindful who you share your boat with… the last few months have been disturbing, worrying and transformative. I replenished provisions, took another look […]

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It’s not denial…

Brought up in England it’s very had not to have biblical ‘ideas’ in your brain. No matter how hard you try to dismiss, replace, refute or deny them – things we were taught in our formative years will be etched into out neural pathways.  Earworms will surface and stories will mist our thoughts.  Culture will […]

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12,000 miles

April 2015, it’s now been 4 years since I started riding my bike to work. Give or take a few days, I’ve ridden the bike through rain, hail, snow, storm, wind, and blazing sun. I stopped religiously recording the miles a few years back, but I tally more than 3000 miles a year just with […]

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40 days in a wilderness…

“It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under…” Ok so we might be far from GMM’s jungle but ‘our’ world can still seem wild… And the wilderness can often be as empty, shallow, and scorching as a desert… 40 days in a desert or wilderness… What might you […]

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Colourful spirit…

The colour of things… The spirit of things… My life, and I assume yours, is coloured and recoloured daily… Sometimes the colours and pigments that stir and dawb the surface of our lives make a confused mess.  Sometimes the views can be kept in-check, geometry maintained, balance and harmony constructed.  More often for me an […]

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Sweet Nightingale

It’s St. Piran’s Day on Wednesday, as well as the start of a period of reflection for many people before the festival of Easter and various celebrations of Spring. I recently found myself transfixed by some birdsong, which caused me to recall this Cornish ditty from my childhood. I can’t place from specifically where I […]