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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in October 2011

Michaelmas Kippers

Coming towards the end of September we were plunged into an Indian summer and it seemed like everyone in town hit the streets or the parks. Women and girls gave one last outing to their summer dresses and the men fell back into shorts. The temperature kept on climbing. Lunch time I was sitting at […]


In the garden of Grays Court waiting for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. It’s a posh place, dating back to the 11th century, but with friendly staff and fine coffee and the garden is a refuge from ghosts and reality. Skinny girls in skimpy designer clothes were flitting between the tables and shrubs while a […]

Paris; a Poem by Hope Mirrlees

…behind the ramparts of the Louvre Freud has dredged the river and, grinning horribly, waves his garbage in a glare of electricity, Taxis, Taxis, Taxis, They moan and yell and squeak Like a thousand tom-cats in rut. The whores like lions are seeking their meat from God : An English padre tilts with the Moulin […]