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Visiting Grenfell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all looks so different today,

that  smoking charcoal block,

now pale, swathed in creamy

covers rippling in the breeze.

At the top, the banner of green:

Grenfell Forever in Our Hearts.

The words descend in silence,

stirring memories of that night.

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The Brazilian Pantanal: Home to Jaguars & Jabiru, Otters & Ocelots

People sometimes ask me where they should go to view wildlife. That rather depends on what they want to see! Most of us think of the Big 5 and that’s certainly a great place to start. Many different destinations in Africa tick that box. But what next? In the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to see orangutans in Borneo, lemurs in Madagascar, bears in Canada and those truly amazing polar bears (and walruses) up in the Arctic. So, how would a trip to the Brazilian Pantanal stack up? Would we see jaguars?   Continue reading

The Ugly Duckling Diva

A Fairy Tale Comes True

Sally was the second to be born. Her beautiful sister, Sam, emerged on time, perfect in every respect. Sally’s journey was harder, she arrived all battered and bruised. Sally was very large and, it’s true to say, very ugly.  People tended to smile at Sam and sigh at Sally.

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‘What Happened’, by Hillary Rodham Clinton – A Review

In ‘What Happened’ Hillary Rodham Clinton sets out what went wrong – and why – in her campaign to become the first female POTUS. It’s a fascinating read. Like many, I was shocked that she lost. Since then, I have been further shocked by the number of Americans who have told me how much they really didn’t like her. This was news to me, so I was doubly interested to see how she came across in the book. Continue reading

Behind Those Bars

I’ve recently been to an animal sanctuary in Thailand and a family outing to Dudley Zoo. Comparing the two experiences has been fascinating and once more made me ask what zoos are for.

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Poles Apart

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May made a snap call for Polling Day,

time to mark man’s hard won right,

women’s even longer fight, for that

fiction called Democracy. Cast away!

 

Candidates call from opposite sides:

Strong and Stable, Fairness for All.

Empty promises, sit on fences,

fiddle expenses.  Brexiteers collide.

 

We’d rather vote for TV stars,

sports personalities, latest evictions,

B list celebs (ignore their convictions).

So we got Trump and risk a war.

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The National Theatre’s 12th Night is Fabulous

Malvolia in the Teaser Trailer

– But why did they use that publicity photo?

I absolutely love the National Theatre’s current production of 12th Night, featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia. It’s one of the best productions I’ve ever seen. But I was slightly thrown by the pre publicity. Great images, but depicting quite a different version of Greig’s Malvolia. Or is that just me being picky?

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The Other Side of Canada

I’d never seen a bear in the wild before, then all in one summer I saw three different types: Polar Bears, Grizzly Bears and Black Bears. Mind you, being in the right country did help. Continue reading

Ella Minnow Pea: a tale of censorship, letter by letter


Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn was our book club’s latest pick. Opinions were divided on how enjoyable it is, but all agreed it is a clever depiction of authoritarianism and censorship. It reminds us just how quickly societies can fall apart.

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Reflections on Father Christmas

It was our family tradition to gather together early in December and prepare our Christmas wish lists. My brother, sister and I would carefully write our lists and hand them over to Mum and Dad to be checked. Then we threw the lists into the fire and let the smoke carry them up the chimney to waft away to Father Christmas. Continue reading

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