Tag Archives: Dorset

Boomers are farmers.

I grew up in a rural area of Dorset where the farmers were considered rich but acted poor. The farmers explained that though they might own the land, they could only extract from it the income that came from dairy … Continue reading

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Dr Geoffrey Tapper – “Balm for both body and soul – and from a politician to boot”

This morning saw the funeral of my father at Salisbury Crematorium. Here is my tribute It isn’t hard to write about my Dad, he was a very public man , talked a lot and was much talked about. He gave … Continue reading

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St Rumwold – we need another miracle!

The patron Saint of Cann and Melbury Abbas is St Rumbold (Rumwold), a curious Saint who only lived 3 days , dying after delivering a sermon on the Trinity while barely out of the womb. His memory was besmirched by fraudulent … Continue reading

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The sunny uplands of Wiltshire

Above the Donheads and the villages of the Chalk Valley rises White Sheet Hill the western end of a ridge that runs 16 miles to Salisbury. Few buildings are on this ridge other than agricultural barns protecting hay, straw and … Continue reading

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My mother and father

I wish I had written  every decade of my life, 500 words on how I felt about my Mum and Dad. I could chart my relationship from utter dependency, through a growing appreciation to full or partial dependency on me. … Continue reading

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Rose Metcalf- dancing seafarer to the rescue.

Did anyone hear the full interview on Radio Five Live this morning with Rose Metcalf? The 22-year-old dancer told of her night helping passengers, staff and herself off the stricken Costa Concordia with a poise and understatement that suggests she has rather more … Continue reading

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Unavoidable, necessary and futile – the fight for public sector pensions

Because the unions only speak for those they define as their own – they do not speak for me – nor I for them. Continue reading

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