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Richard on November 25th, 2016

Ronald Blythe commends pottery as a philosophical occupation for humanity WHEN the Lord and his friends “took the cup”, it would most likely have been a clay cup, not the glorious vessel of the Arthurian legend. But beautiful all the same, like Brenda Green’s pottery. Her work fills the church, as does her voice. The cup […]

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Richard on November 18th, 2016

Ronald Blythe thinks of the lives of those named on a war memorial WHILE John, our Vicar, conducts the Remembrance service at the war memorial, my mind wanders. Who could the three Ernests named on it be? Where did they live? How did they die? They were born when The Importance of Being Earnest was being written. Their […]

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Richard on November 11th, 2016

Ronald Blythe considers the pathos of the Unknown Warrior THERE is no dwindling of the Remembrance Day congregation; no lessening of these Georgian elegiacs. My last year’s poppy lies in a drawer, and I recall how the live emblems went on blooming throughout the carnage of the Western Front. And how the nightingales went on singing, […]

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Richard on November 11th, 2016

Ronald Blythe thinks of a former companion on a trip to Scotland AT THIS time of the year, all kinds of readings and experiences come together. The first I remember was when I had just come back from Scotland, staying with friends at Kinloch Rannoch. This was, in fact, a retreat for a party of eight […]

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Richard on November 11th, 2016

Ronald Blythe waters his flowers, and feels guilt at neglecting his fruit trees IT SEEMS an odd thing to do in October, but I have just watered the geraniums and roses which grow in tubs on the terrace, the water having been left over from some other task. It arrives at the old farmhouse from a […]

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  As I write, the military forces of several countries are converging on Mosul, Iraq, with a confident determination to free the city and the country from terrorist rule.  The bombardment of Aleppo in Syria continues, and offensives are taking place elsewhere in the region in what has become a complicated, seemingly un-winnable war. British […]

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