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DRAGON CRACK

06/19/12

I’ve never been terribly interested in computer games. I can’t seem to do them and I won’t make the time to work out how to play properly. I know that…

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EXAMS IN YOUR 40S

06/13/12

I’ve got an exam tomorrow. Three hours on English Literature and I’m nervous. I’m nervous about getting there on time. I’m nervous about my ability to sit still and concentrate…

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MUSICAL YOUTH

05/29/12

When I was a child, my parents acquired a beautiful old piano and arranged for a musical friend of my mum’s to teach me how to play it. I was…

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MUTTON DRESSED AS LAMB

05/17/12

Sixty is the new forty we’re told. Women are no longer shackled by clothing conventions of the past and can get away with whatever they fancy wearing. It seems that…

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THE PERILS OF BEING THE FIRST BORN

05/09/12

Who’d be the First Born?Well, me actually. I came first with all my parents’ hopes, fears and aspirations clinging to my back like the proverbial monkey. I blazed those trails….

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TROPICAL FISH TANKS I HAVE DREAMT OF

04/29/12

I love to watch fish swim. I find it calming. They move so gracefully. There are no sharp corners or emergency stops and they all seem to anticipate everyone else’s…

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EXAMS

04/16/12

So the Easter holidays are over and everyone has gone back to school. As usual, I check over the diary for the coming weeks to see what I need to…

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A SENSE OF TRADITION

04/09/12

I’ve just finished reading a book about a Ukrainian emigrant, her experience in the war and later in her new life in America (The Silence of Trees). In it, the…

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MAY IN MARCH

03/30/12

Last week the clocks changed and summer arrived. It was as if someone looked down on us as we trudged on, shoulders hunched against the wind and decided to give…

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ZEITGEIST AND DREAMS

03/23/12

I recently read ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and like all good books it made me think. I don’t mean about the book itself nor even about…