Autumn in Wycoller

Curiously, the world didn't fall apart when I failed to press 'Publish' on my Caedmon blog yesterday! Anyway, it's there now. I have to...

Caedmon

Listening to Simon Armitage in Ilkley, talking about his recent translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, made my mind flip back to...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Yesterday evening, I went to St. John's Church in Ben Rhydding where Simon Armitage read from his latest translation of Sir Gawain and...

The Mind is Flat

On Friday evening, I went to a talk by Nick Chater about his new book, The Mind is Flat. A brief summary is tricky, to say the least, but...

Birthday Treat

Ray Henshaw, a friend who is the Principal at Minsthorpe Community College, South Elmsall, kindly offered to set up some focus groups to...

As You Like It

My 69th birthday today so I guess I am comfortably into the Sixth Age of Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man: The sixth age shifts Into the...

Pharaoh and Baboons

I'm an early riser. Essentially, it's the way I'm made - normally waking between 6.00 and 6.30. These days, it's also an assisted wake-up...

Triple-decker Pulpit

Pulpits were introduced into English churches after the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, when the Church of England broke away from...

Hannah Sullivan

In a previous post I mentioned Us, the book of poetry recently published by Zaffar Kunial. Of course, Amazon immediately recommended...

Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

Several of my friends become depressed at this time of year, dread of winter denying them the joys of autumn's brilliance. By contrast, I...

H.M.S. Endeavour

Had I not been to Whitby earlier this year, the discovery of Captain Cook's ship, H.M.S. Endeavour, would probably have been of only...

Zaffar Kunial's Maiden Flight

The swan has often been the symbol for a poet, as in the famous tribute to Shakespeare by Ben Jonson - here used as a title for my...

Flora

I seem to be into connections at the moment. When my brother Rob came to visit, he kindly brought a large pot with a clump of flowers -...

Sky Bather

Continuing from the blog about floorboards, what do you see when you look at this blurry image? As my eyes come to rest, the moon looks...

The Heron

I woke earlier than usual this morning and, opening my email, found a message from my brother Rob. Attached to it were newspaper cuttings...

Seeing Things

When you look at carpets, walls, tree trunks, floorboards etc., do you see the figures there? In this picture, for example, if you look...

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