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Mrs. Hatton-Jones Regrets (Connie)

From a short story collection: “When they begin the beguine, It brings back the sound of music so tender’…” The taxi bounced along the hot dusty coastal road, lost in our thoughts we sat quietly recovering from the night before … Continue reading

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There is no why (Francoise)

From a short story collection: ‘In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty’… The lunch was too extravagant, but I knew it would be. Thanks to the generosity of aunt Maude -who still referred to it as the Buffet de … Continue reading

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Britannia ruled the waves

or, how the Royal Navy shaped the modern world An extract from ‘Jack’s War’, a family story To understand Britain’s history you first need to know a little about the Royal Navy, because it shaped not only modern Britain but … Continue reading

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Ladies, behind closed doors

Extract from ‘Rugger Shorts: reflections on the amateur game What may surprise is not that women play rugby, but that they have done so since the 19th century, albeit with little publicity and not much encouragement. The secretive nature of the … Continue reading

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‘Not a rugby man’

Extract from ‘Rugger Shorts’: reflections on the amateur game The late archivist of Radley College, Tony Money once a boy at the college in the 1930s, served during World War Two as an officer in the Buffs (Royal East Kent … Continue reading

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Some poetic thoughts…

…on why it is a privilege to be born under an English heaven. “…A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,  Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;  A body of England’s, breathing English air, …” [1] The … Continue reading

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