Category Archives: Life on the edge

From Leros Solidarity Network, 20 August 2019

Poem translated from Google – bear with it – the essence shines though… They collected, I read, from the sea of Italy. They used to wear them, men, women, children. Desperate people, wearing their old shoes, flip flops, slippers were … Continue reading

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Response to rejection of parking fine appeal

Mr Martyn Baker Parking Manager, West Berkshire District Council Parking Services, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5LD 24 July 2019 Dear Mr Baker Re: Traffic Management Act 2004 Penalty Charge Notice № : KK01325775 Date of Contravention : … Continue reading

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Break a leg…

Break a leg. As most of us know, it’s a theatrical term wishing a performer good luck. But where did that phrase come from? One theory is that it relates to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who played his most … Continue reading

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Traditional Easter in Greece and – well – other aspects in Britain

Greek Orthodox Easter isn’t always at the same time as the Anglican, Protestant and Catholic festivals. This year it falls a week later, with Easter Sunday being on 28 April. In Symi, the sombre observations of the preceding Holy Week … Continue reading

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Sunday

– is the day I never know what to do with – including writing grammatical sentences. It’s a hangover, I think, from early childhood when, once a week, the awful prospect of SUNDAY SCHOOL faced me. As if it were … Continue reading

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Lightening the refugee trail

This week I met a young man who had escaped the war in Syria and endured terrifying experiences in order to have a better life. Siblings died, his family was torn apart, access between father and children was denied by … Continue reading

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Imagine how pleased I was to receive this from Totally4Women in 2016

Dear Lynne Thank you for sending in your entry to the T4W/Mangle & Wringer Short Story Competition.  We have spent the weekend reading over all the entries and are delighted to let you know that we all loved your story and therefore … Continue reading

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