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“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald      I have been watching the news, this evening, on television.  I cannot be sure, but there is a possibility that I will be one of the 1.5 million people who will receive a letter telling me that I have an underlying health condition that makes… Read More

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I appear to be stuck in a room. Outside there is a village meeting. I hear sounds of joy and groans of gloom. My chance to leave was only fleeting. The villagers are gathered next door, To discuss community issues. My need for dinner grows ever more. All I have are pens, pad and tissues. You see I was here doing my job, Counselling clients throughout the eve. At home my dinner… Read More

    One of the most renowned and outstanding pieces of art was recently within touching  distance from where I was stood.  On the perimeter, a high, red-bricked wall and some black wrought iron gates.  We, being my other-half and our friend, passed through the gates to be met by a beautiful public garden.  This tranquil gem was still at peaceful slumber in this dusky stage of winter.  An unexpectedly green lawn,… Read More

    I have been reflecting on a recent visit to Ipswich Marina.  The town of Ipswich has an improving reputation as a place to be.  Having lived in this English county of Suffolk for almost ten years, I still find myself surprised by people’s reaction to Ipswich.  No sooner than I mention the name of the town, than the response is an almost automatic “Oh, but it’s not as nice as… Read More

    In 2015, my partner and I joined our friend Clare in the pretty village of Glemham, Suffolk, for a festival held at Glemham Hall. The festival was the Folk East festival.  This festival had only been running for several years but, already, it was becoming a renowned event for traditional folk music, crafts and folk dancing.     Clare is someone who has travelled far and wide, attending festivals, pretty much… Read More