Month: December 2016

Journal of the far side – Day 1: Dubai

My eldest son and our daughter-in-law left for a life in Australia in July of this year, taking with them our only grandchild, Alice. As recently-qualified doctors, both were dismayed by the politics being played by the UK Tory government with respect to the NHS.  They are now enjoying a life style in which they are respected professionals, and their four bedroom rented house … Read More Journal of the far side – Day 1: Dubai

Have a magical Christmas

Morecambe’s School of four-dimensional magic opens for Christmas… have a good one!

The Hill in a Dark Grove II…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* We had known for some time, courtesy of Rupert Soskin, that the resident stone of the inner chamber at Bryn Celli Ddu is part of a petrified tree trunk. * * And once we had our eye in it became apparent that other ‘chunks’ of petrified wood had been used in the construction of this chambered tomb. **…

Looking for the Light Grove…

A golden gift – Light show

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
This is the part where it gets awkward. Tell the facts straight, or tell how it felt? Either way, our conclusions will take some time to process. Some of the ideas sound so odd even to us that sharing them might need a new approach…though stranger things are published every day. Yet once again, on the…

A golden gift – Seeing the details

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
We hadn’t paid much attention to the Pattern Stone on our first visit. The concrete replica stands where the original carved stone was once erected, close to the back ‘window’ of Bryn Celli Ddu. Sighting along the top edge of the stone, it seemed to be in direct line with an orphaned stone in the next…

The Sticking Point…

Originally posted on Stuart France:
* One can almost hear The sky groan As the Juggernaut Of our year Slowly grinds to A halt, shudders… Pauses, changes gear And reverses trajectory. * Except, one cannot. * How does man Usurp nature without The infinite sense Of cosmos? * *

Teaching Hearts of Christmas

Each year, in the run-up to Christmas, I look for an article or piece of news that touches my heart so that I can share it on the last working day before the festivities. This is my offering for Christmas 2016. It was written by Siobhan Collingwood, who is the headteacher of Morecambe Bay Community Primary School. Bernie and I both cried reading it. Happy … Read More Teaching Hearts of Christmas

Moon over Venus – part three

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
Two people stand just ahead of the main group at the edge of a Llyn Carrig Bach, the sacred Druid lake which now lies just off the end of the runway at RAF Valley, on Anglesey. Being the weekend, RAF Gnats – the UK’s primary jet training aircraft, made famous by the Red Arrows aerobatic team – are…

Waiting

Moon over Venus – part two

Originally posted on The Silent Eye:
Moon over Venus – our treasured goal for the Druid twilight. There are at least three dimensions to one of the Silent Eye’s discovery weekends. There’s the place itself, with its features – ancient and modern; there’s the social side, most present in the evening when we mellow into the chosen restaurant and share good food and a…

I am not a number…

They sit on my study shelf, over the oldest of the books. They are the sole surviving mugs of former times and have been rescued twice from black bin bags full of stuff I really don’t need anymore. One is a ‘fault-tolerant’ two-handed mug from my Tandem Computers days, the other has a number six on the side… If you’re lucky enough to have … Read More I am not a number…

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