Charles Cowling
I finally got to the bottom of it. The Isle of Portland is an area of severe signal deprivation. The Vodafone man confessed this shamefacedly when I demanded to know why his sainted dongle denied me the gift of utterance. “You’re in a 2G area,” he mumbled, “you need 3G
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It’s been a while since I posted a roundup of news stories. Here’s a bunch. I can’t claim to have got them all; it’s a laborious business collecting them. They were all first posted on Twitter. I feel guilty about that. Twitter is a social networking site and I just
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Photo Copyright © 2011 Lee Mitchell, LMX Creative, All Rights Reserved No, I’m pleased to tell you. Reports are exaggerated. I remain sentient, mostly. Thank you, all those of you who have emailed to express concern. You’ve added to my guilt, but I am very touched. I’ve been busy – busy
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Get back on the trees you errant leaves! How dare you fly across my path so soon? Forget your cheering colours, green will do. My body has not had enough of summer. Margie McCallum  
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Germany! It’s an old Willie Rushton joke. And of course there’s no truth in it whatever. I have been contacted by a Year 12/13 student in Germany. Her name is Julia and she is working on a project which I want you to help her with – if you can.
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The present life of man, O king, seems to me like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the hall wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, whilst the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad; the
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Here I am, somehow standing in for this person we have all gathered to honour and farewell. I have listened to family and friends, asked questions to elicit the fullest picture, the roundest sense of the life at the centre of our ritual. And here I am, holding it all,
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Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – The Copper Top (radio edit) by rocketpr Perfect for a Monday morning? Elegiac melancholy edged with Celtic darkness. Thank you, Jonathan, for recommending this.
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  With thanks to James Showers of the Family Tree Funeral Company for this.