As good as it looks… no, better!

I’d not heard of this cheese before but was attracted by the little ceramic pot and by the fact it was reduced in price as it was coming up to its sell-by date… I won’t leap onto my sell-by date and best-before hobbyhorse, that’s for another time… Anyway I bought this cheese… It has a very pleasant smell, strong, but not as […]

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It’s so quiet here…

There’s no sound of dreadful youtube videos by annoying geeky scientists with even more annoying voices, no sound of ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ or ‘The Big Bang Theory’… the washing machine isn’t whirring endlessly to get work clothes or going out clothes ready… the children have left home…

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Dark Hedges… I didn’t see the pale ghost

We recently visited Ulster to take my daughter to University there. We know the area so well, have been there many times, but the wonderful thing about the place is that it always shows us something new. On the road between the small village of Armoy and Gracehill Golf Club… Some of these trees are nearly three hundred years old. If […]

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The great debate

When I was teaching as part of the English syllabus, students had to debate and discuss.  I tried to choose topics which they would find interesting and engaging and have some opinion on. I tried all the usual topics, capital punishment, abortion, student grants, religion… I tried local issues, what should happen to the Tropicana, should Weston have a skate-park, should they build the Severn barrage… I tried […]

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