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Lady of the Mountain

August 24, 2012

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O ROWAN tree, O rowan tree! thou’lt aye be dear to me! Intwined thou art wi’ mony ties o’ hame and infancy. Thy leaves were aye the first o’ spring, thy flowers the simmer’s pride; There was na sic a bonnie tree in a’ the country side. Carolina Oliphant It is late August on Dartmoor […]

Olympian

August 10, 2012

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The motto of the London 2012 Olympic games is ‘inspire a generation’ Over the past fortnight these games have captivated the home nation, and there is little doubt that those three words will be fulfilled. Every medal, near miss, cheer, and tear, planting a wonderful seed within the minds of young people across the country, […]

Empyreal

July 28, 2012

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I do not like flying. The very idea of leaving the safety of the ground fills me with terror. Perhaps, being born underneath the end of an airport runway did not help matters. Ingraining in my psyche, from an early age, an irrational fear of everything aviation related. Maybe Oscar Grieg would have changed my […]

Small things

July 14, 2012

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“For each of our actions there are only consequences.” James Lovelock Today it rains and it has been this way for three months. It is cold too. Millions of singular raindrops combining into one great deluge that never seems to end. Of course, if you live in the UK, you will already know this. Know […]

Luton

June 30, 2012

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Home is where one starts from. T.S Eliot I was always running back then. My arms and legs flailing around, feet thundering across broken paving stones, my heart jumping relentlessly up and down between my chest and mouth. Running, like the clappers, but never getting very far. For in truth the world is too big […]

Consider the ravens

June 16, 2012

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“Consider the ravens. They neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them” Luke 12.24 Taking this advice, it is hard, in modern culture, to travel far past two dark thoughts about ravens. Both, like Jesus’ intonation to his disciples, placed upon the unfortunate bird by man. First, I […]

Oscar

June 2, 2012

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“I am a Captain, but as they are ten a-penny, and I had a very undistinguished & brief career at the front ( I was shot down by Richthofen in January 1917 & POW till the  middle of December 1918) I do not normally use the rank” Oscar Grieg, is not someone you will have […]