Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Grim Reaper

Whenever I visit a cemetery I’m reminded of my own mortality and the transitory nature of all living things. On Sunday 29 April I visited relatives in Southwick a small town located just outside Brighton. During the course of the … Continue reading

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Ghostly happenings in your favourite local

Today’s Daily Mail carries a brief article about a generous pub ghost who keeps topping up people’s drinks. So I’ll see you all in the pub then (mine is a pint of Fosters)! Well I would happily visit the hostelry … Continue reading

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Rain

Rain means the smell of my wet labrador as he shakes droplets of water over me and others. It means the smiles of friendly commuters who smile at the antics of a very wet dog! Rain means the sound of … Continue reading

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In My Lodge at Wang Chuan,(After a Long Rain.) by Wang Wei

The woods have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke As rice is cooked on faggots and carried to the fields; Over the quiet marsh-land flies a white egret, And mango-birds are singing in the full summer trees…. I … Continue reading

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Autumnal by Ernest Christopher Dowson

Pale amber sunlight falls across The reddening October trees, That hardly sway before a breeze As soft as summer: summer’s loss Seems little, dear! on days like these. Let misty autumn be our part! The twilight of the year is … Continue reading

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To One in Bedlam by Ernest Christopher Dowson

With delicate, mad hands, behind his sordid bars, Surely he hath his posies, which they tear and twine; Those scentless wisps of straw, that miserably line His strait, caged universe, whereat the dull world stares, Pedant and pitiful. O, how … Continue reading

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Man and Dog

What is that special bond between man and dog? To me it is almost impossible to express in words the connection which binds man to dog. Earlier today I sat gently rubbing the ears of Trigger, a lovely brindle labrador … Continue reading

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