War Stories

I’ve just read a book I couldn’t put down, one that I think will change lives.

Clare Best writes the story of her dad’s dying. She weaves together her reflections on the visits, coping with his deteriorating health as cancer takes hold, the clips from the audio he asked her to record and her transcripts … Read more


The courage to survive

I’ve already written about my visit to Poland and the concentration camps.

I’m not sure I would have survived the holocaust.

Literally.  My family were Jewish so some didn’t survive. My great grandparents were murdered in Auschwitz.  Their names are not recorded by the Nazi’s as they weren’t worth recording; they just got straight off … Read more


Have You Lost Your Moxie?

As the winter nights draw in my poor screen deprived children are allowed to watch the occasional film and tonight it was a DVD (how quaint) of ‘Night at the Museum 2’,  I haven’t watched 1 but I caught on pretty fast; I’m glad to see my excessive  higher education was not for nothing.

They … Read more


Maya Angelou, Barbara and Emile

Maya Angelou died today and I feel sad.

Barbara Mainwaring died a week ago and I feel sad.

Emile Van Dantzig died a couple of weeks ago and I feel sad.

I’m guessing you will know Maya Angelou, but you might not know Emile or Barbara.  So let me tell you a bit about them.… Read more


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