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Gypsy in my blood

Gypsy in my blood

I’ve been researching my family tree again to try and find out more about my Gypsy heritage. We heard after my mother’s death that her real father was a fairground worker and the man my grandmother subsequently married was not … Continue reading → ...
The Shock of the Fall

The Shock of the Fall

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer Nathan writes with a keen sense of observation, that make a person, a situation, an emotion, real. He manages to focus on the tiny details, both internal and external, that often seem … Continue reading → ...
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A delicately and masterfully crafted book. Unbelievable that this is Anthony Marra’s first novel. His writing hooked me in from the beginning and immersed me in his character’s lives effortlessly. The attention to life’s details is extraordinary and the reality … Continue reading → ...
Dicewords app for iPhone, iPad and iPod

Dicewords app for iPhone, iPad and iPod

If you love word games, this is for you. Dicewords. 9 alphabetic dice, over 10 million word combinations… Often unpredictable and always great fun, this compelling word game can be played by 1 to 8 players at all skill levels. … Continue reading → ...
Wild Mushrooms

Wild Mushrooms

Not a sign you see every day. We were in Brighton yesterday and this was propped in the door of a shop. I wonder how many Wild Mushroom workshops there are nationally? ...

St. Peter’s Maldon without the Holm Oak

Maldon may have lost a beautiful tree but a view of St. Peter’s has been opened up that won’t have been seen for over 100 years. ...
150 Year Old Holm Oak Cut Down in Maldon

150 Year Old Holm Oak Cut Down in Maldon

They’re cutting down the old holm oak in St. Peter’s churchyard, Maldon. The base of the trunk has a fungal infection that has weakened it and it is in danger of falling down. It has stood in front of the … Continue reading → ...
Hamba kahle Madiba

Hamba kahle Madiba

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela ...
Thames Sailing Barge ‘British Empire’ Update

Thames Sailing Barge ‘British Empire’ Update

I previously wrote about the Thames Sailing Barge, British Empire and the rapid decline of a once handsome and rugged workhorse. The article was picked up by The Barge Blog, who kindly included a link to my story and it seemed to generate … Continue reading → ...
National Heritage Open Day in Goldhanger

National Heritage Open Day in Goldhanger

A tour of Goldhanger today as part of National Heritage Open Day. Our guide was David Newman, who also runs the comprehensive Goldhanger Past website. Although I’ve lived in Goldhanger about 18 years it was still a fascinating tour and … Continue reading → ...