*100* The Longest Memory/The Lonely Londoners

The longest memory by Fred D’Aguiar The lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon I’ve been trying to write this post for the past three days but real life is taking over and time seems to just disappear. Our family will be wildly scattered around the globe in the next week, the house needs to be sorted […]

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*99* poetry Monday

Yesterday we had a special service at Gloucester Cathedral for this year School Leavers. Aside from the fact that I can’t quite reconcile with the fact my first born has finished school… it was a wonderful service. Beautiful words, beautiful hymns… and I cried… managed to hold back the ugly crying… but I felt a […]

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*98* a day at Wimbledon

‘Wimbledon’ is as English as it’s possibly be… as English as strawberries and cream (sadly, I didn’t have any…) and Pimm’s (… ahem… moving on swiftly) and on a superbly sunny day like yesterday it was pretty glorious. (It is, however, incredibly and anachronistically white/middle class English… not quite, not at all actually, a true […]

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*97* brownies

Don’t ask me what possessed me to bake brownies first thing in the morning the other day… because I have no idea… I had eggs that needed to be used, I had children ready to eat them so I found myself melting butter and chocolate and trying not to drool in the pan The recipe […]

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*96* The silence of the girls

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker Who doesn’t love Greek myths and stories? who doesn’t love the Iliad?… I do… it’s my favourite… in Italy it’s a huge part of the curriculum together with the Odyssey and the Aeneid… I studied it, read it, translated part of it, wrote essays and had exams… […]

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*95* postcards from Italy

One more posts. Just for me. So I can remember. Cesena: It was a fab few days. They could have been filled with longing and sadness but instead it was laughter and fondness and remembering and the certainty that leaving all those years ago had been absolutely the right thing to do. Friends, real friends, […]

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*94* postcards from Italy

Day 2. I woke up in my parents’ place in Tuscany… … and had to force myself to get up… it’s such a relaxing place I feel immediately lazy and chilled there… … the weather is incredible, really really hot. Not that I’m complaining! I then drove to my home town to have breakfast in […]

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*93* postcards from Italy

These are ‘piadine’ (plural, ‘piadina’ singular, let’s get things straight). And they are delicious. It’s a food typical of this region ‘Romagna’, the eastern side of Emilia Romagna, it is a flat bread usually made with white flour, lard or olive oil, salt and water. The dough was traditionally cooked on a terracotta dish, although […]

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*92* machines like me

Machines like me, by Ian McEwan. Ok, this is a good one. I have a love-hate relationship with McEwan’s books, I’ve said this before. I think he’s astonishingly, fiendishly clever, smart, intelligent… call him what you wish… BUT I struggle to warm to his characters… I never bond with them, or actually ‘like’ them for […]

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*91* poetry Tuesday

ah… the irony of posting this poem on the day it’s raining with Biblical force… stay dry my friends! In Summer time by Paul Laurence Dunbar When summer time has come, and allThe world is in the magic thrallOf perfumed airs that lull each senseTo fits of drowsy indolence;When skies are deepest blue above,And flow’rs […]

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