Monthly Archives: May 2012

When the Battle’s O’er

This is a famous pipe retreat. I remember someone telling me a story about Sandy Townsley, of the well-known tinker family in Kintyre, who made some money by playing the pipes at fairs. Having drink taken, he struggled through a … Continue reading

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Long Necked Bottles

Woman like long neck bottles And a big head on her beer I don’t like to talk about my women But I hold that woman dear. Likewise I do not like talking about my work but er here goes. These last … Continue reading

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I am 60

So I recently turned 60. This heap big deal in Japan.  5 x 12 year cycle = 60. This is year of dragon which is also strong juju. You dress in red cos you are like reborn and thus besmirched … Continue reading

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frāter (genitive frātris); m, third declension

Little blog activity due to much other activity. Is there an inverse relationship between business and bloginess? Do more – blog less? So let’s try to catch up. Alan, my much beloved eldest brother came on a flying visit.  I … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

I can’t remember if I have gone on about this before but I increasingly think that just visiting a country in fact  tends to  reinforce pre-established judgements. You see what you expect to see and go home with stronger conviction. … Continue reading

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The Iron Heel of Authority

Yesterday I got my annual car tax bill.  This is what it looks like.

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Flutterby

It is Sunday. The weather is perfect. I get up early and go diving with the neighbors. It is perfect. I go to buy bread at the amazing bakery next to my flat. I go for a walk down a … Continue reading

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