Dreaming Dreams

30 08 2009

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I have never met Winnie the Pooh. However, I have met somebody who once met Christopher Robin, a close companion of Winnie the Pooh. Consequently I often tell people that when they are shaking my hand, they are shaking a hand that has shaken a hand that has shaken the hand that once held the paw of Winnie the Pooh. Unfortunately nobody ever seems to get quite as excited as me when I tell them. Read the rest of this entry »


Opening Doors

20 08 2009

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The second week of August is generally regarded to be the highpoint of what has come to be known as the ‘silly season’. That is the period of a several weeks when all the newsmakers – the politicians, the criminals, the celebrities, the actors, the protesters, the campaigners, the fellows at the national office of statistics – and, of course, those of us who consume the news: all of us are on holiday. Consequently there is precious little news to be found. Read the rest of this entry »

Singing Along

2 08 2009

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Some of the more attentive listeners to this letter will be aware that I moved out of Nicholas Street some weeks ago. In fact, strictly speaking, you are currently listening to ‘A View From Parham Road, in Canterbury’. Some correspondents have asked what I plan to do about this inconsistency. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking Care

2 08 2009

Political Correctness is a funny thing. It tends to produce the most extraordinary, and often unthinking, responses from the most unlikely of people. I don’t suppose anybody has taken the time to compose a truly thorough definition of the concept, but it seems that everybody has their own understanding of it. Read the rest of this entry »