Category Archives: non-fiction

Kristallnacht and Remembrance

Thanks to Guy Verhofstadt for posting about Kristallnacht yesterday. Known, too, as the Night of Broken Glass and the November Pogrom(s), it was a pogrom against Jews and civilians throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938, carried out by the Sturmabteilung, the Nazi party’s … Continue reading

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Start ’em young

In 1990s in Berkshire, I ran a young people’s performance group, Fable Productions. Students devised, wrote, and performed their own plays. I remember them all. ​ Occasionally, I wrote plays based on students’ ideas. Wonder do they remember me? And … Continue reading

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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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Teacher gets it right

Or ‘Teacher puts it right’. An unpleasant comment from an – older than me ha ha! – ex-fellow student, a postponed NHS appointment and a worrying email from an actor’s agent all conspired to dampen my spirits today. Then a … 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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