I can do this. Clumsily, inelegantly, but it feels as good as I thought it would. Hup, backwards, forwards hold hold hold, backwards, seven hold hold, backwards, over, arms, legs – or sometimes arms legs with no comma. Flying… Share …

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  Books to teach my children to read Books for my children to practise reading Books for my children to lose themselves in Books to lose myself in Books to help my children with their exams Books to help them …

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because running away with the circus feels tempting because the sad face behind the clown’s make-up is a good metaphor because the trapeze is a fantastic metaphor – swinging to and fro, clinging on… trapeze. Yes, the rumours are true, …

Reasons why people with manic depression are suited to the circus: Read More »

  Azimjon Askarov Journalist Kyrgyzstan Scroll down for information about Azimjon Askarov. Firstly, suggested actions today and until further notice: SHOW SOLIDARITY: Write to Azimjon Askarov in prison. His friends and family say that messages of support provide great comfort …

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My friend who writes so frankly and simply about the days when the wall came down writes here about the days when it went up: “13th August 1961 It was a Sunday, the sun was out and I was ready …

I was swimming when the wall went up. Read More »

The 9th November is the 25th anniversary of the day people crossed the wall that split Berlin, unchallenged and jubilant. Many of us will pause to remember the sacrifice of the armed forces during wars past and all too present. …

Cheerful Anarchy: The Fall of the Berlin Wall Read More »

I enjoyed very much chatting to Alan Thompson & Cris Dafis on Thursday, when Alan sat in for Eleri Sion on the afternoon show.  It was a joy to meet 2 such lovely men and have a banter. We discussed …

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It is argued by some that Hilary Mantel has committed a crime in writing about the imagined ‘Assassination of Margaret Thatcher‘, and some commentators have suggested it is not simply a crime of taste or decency. However, I’m with Matthew Norman, writing …

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I am reminded by someone more intelligent than me that much of our armchair engagement with ‘current affairs’ is based on vague, brief information and a profound lack of understanding. We can’t be experts on everything, but we can stop to …

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A Twitter exchange leads me to offer this extract from ‘Word on the Street’, in which Shona has to cope with a Dinner Party… Fenella’s husband Jimmy was very freckly. His hands, face and neck were so thickly covered that …

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