Monthly Archives: March 2013

Children and animals in the street

Between the two World Wars, the soundscape of the roads in most small provincial towns, such as Walsall Wood, in South Staffordshire, altered radically and irrevocably as vehicles powered by the internal combustion engine were introduced, and animals – of all … Continue reading

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House To Let

She comported herself with an imperiousness appropriate to the well connected memsahib she that was in her early married life half century before. In her black riding habit and veiled top hat, Mrs. Geraldine Thomas, the last private tenant of … Continue reading

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The McGonagall of Gaia Lane

There were several months of speculation before a new Poet Laureate was appointed in 1972, following the death of the incumbent, Cecil Day-Lewis.  With unemployment reaching a record one million, and the S.A.L.T. agreement finally being signed by the Russian … Continue reading

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Memory at my bidding.

Over the years since my Uncle Bill’s death in 1982, I have regularly taken a less then necessary detour along Footherly Lane, and permitted myself intermittent wincing glances at Keepers Cottage.  Over the course of half a century, it was … Continue reading

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