Monthly Archives: June, 2014

No fond return of love

Mrs Beltane … was an elegant blue-haired, stiffly-moving woman of about sixty, who imagined herself to have seen better days.

I do like Barbara Pym.

Ring cycle

There are three different organisations that send me their publication, called ‘The Ring’, from time to time. Yes, three different publications.

Each of them no doubt had a witty and original reason for coming up with the name, but I also can’t help feeling that some classic text on “how to run a successful development office” must emphasise the need for names that make your members feel part of an elite circle, an inner ring…

Anyway, since these three are amongst the very few things that come through my door and don’t go straight to the recycling, I must just get used to the fact that all my reading matter has this somewhat toroidal flavour.

But perhaps I need one ring to rule them all…



Wandlebury, this morning.

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