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Are you – a he, her or they, them, their?

What is going on? Are there no traditional genders any more? I have just read an on-line post from a source which shall be nameless. A person, whose name I had better not state, is referred to, in an on-line post, which contains the sentence ‘……(name) whose pronouns are she/her/hers, discusses the experience of her…

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Levelling up – is the spirit willing?

Boris has been going on about the Government levelling up since the summer! But are we any nearer to understanding this odd phrase of governmental-speak that could mean many different things to different people – depending on whether they are at the top, or bottom of the social pile? The dictionary describes ‘levelling up’ as…

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From empty to bursting!

From empty to bursting! My last blog looked at being a serious writer with a presently empty head. I have just finished writing my latest book, ‘Time of the Virus’. This is the first book I have ever written about me – a strange mix of memoir, thoughts and opinions on the dire state of…

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Serious Writing

Am I a serious writer? This is a serious question. Conversation with a friend who also writes has inspired me to reflect on how seriously I regard my writing – and why. I have been writing for thirty two years, and am about to publish my nineteenth non-fiction book. During this time I have also…

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Trading Footprints

As we break out of lockdown are we about to go back to the same old – or forward into a new and healthier way of living? Once this virus sets us free, are we about to throw caution to the wind and forget about the other natural, yet man-made, threat to our existence? Recent…

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