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LOSS, RECOGNITION, AWARDS AND HYPOCRISY.

First of January 2022, today, a new year for all of us who are still here, on the planet. Amongst the possibly millions of people who died in the last few days across our world is my friend Liz. She passed on the 29th December, suddenly, an aneurism striking down a...

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Hygge

Hello, about this time of year, the week between Christmas and New Year, many people are looking to make statements of intent to ‘do something’ in the near future, often ‘next year’. This is called by some a New Year Resolution. Top hits are weight loss, fitness...

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COP26 Last Chance Saloon 2021

Dearest Grandkids,   It’s the 1st of November, 2021 today. A big event is beginning in Glasgow called COP26.   COP is an abbreviation of Conference Of the Parties, which in turn is a shortened form ofThe global climate summit wrapping up in Glasgow is known...

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50 years 1971

My darling grandkids, again working on the assumption you all, one of you, may read some of these ‘bundles of words’, one day, I flag this one up for consideration.   In a few weeks I’ll be writing this ‘blog’ about an event to mark a fifty years anniversary, in...

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THE MAKAR!

In the past weeks, Scotland, - ‘Who is ‘Scotland’ when things like this happen?’ - appointed a new Scots Makar - see below - to take a line of their own and spread the word of, mostly poetry, across Scotland. It’s a good thing but as always could be more effective...

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WHY BE A POET?

I heard a line today that suggested that poets had a lot in common with police officers. Apparently, it’s accepted that society needs them, but you have to be a prick to want to be one. So, apologies for bozzer to the rozzers, everywhere. Handshakes all round.  ...

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WHOM WE DESERVE

My darling grandchildren, where ere you are when reading this as I write it on a day in mid August in 2021, my love remains with you - where ere I am. It’s arms wrap around you like a wool coat. My wishes for safety and future contentment and love for you from all...

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MONIACH MHOR, Scotlands Writing Centre

A couple of weeks ago I spent 5 nights at Moniach Mhor, in the Scottish Highlands, 15 miles south of Inverness. It’s a residential retreat, described as one of Scotlands writing centres. It’s located 15 miles from Inverness, in the hills near Abriachan, en route to...

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Long Time Lunch Date

Well, this has to inspire some sort of cluster of words - poem, rant, reflection or whatever.   A couple of weeks ago I met with 3 school friends where we enjoyed a lunch- seemed the safe thing to do - as we hadn’t met since our high school departures in the...

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BLOOD, NO GUTS

Greetings friends, should anyone be reading this, I hope you are well and staying safe.   I’ve got a couple of poems to add to the pile this week, one nodding to the topic in this blog, ‘Anti - Slavering’ and one called ‘Ubiquitous Absolutely’, a nod to the BBC...

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