Monthly Archives: November 2017

The great ‘Smog’ settles in

This is an error caused by my carelessness.  The story will appear in early December   Advertisements

A sad situation

Hello everyone that has followed my postings over the past few years.  I have really enjoyed it all – and I hope you have too – but all things must come to an end sometime.  I think it is the time for me. I won’t bore you with details – let’s just say Brian’s brains […]

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae is remembered for what is probably the best known and most popular of all First World War poetry.  It is believed that he was so moved by the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmet, who had been killed by a shell burst, and inspired by the profusion of wild poppies he could […]

I found a memory out of nowhere

Patrick Barron “Paddy” Hopkirk is a former rally driver from Northern Ireland.  He was born in Belfast and educated in County Kildare from 1945–1949 before attending Trinity College, Dublin until 1953.  He was awarded the MBE Honour in the 2016 New Year’s Honour’s list. I recently re-discovered some of my notes about Paddy that brought […]

The story of the ‘Lovers’ and the result

I am sorry this is a day late – I should have posted it yesterday but I forgot!! In 1960 Penguin Books wanted to publish a particular novel but when they tried to publish it in a new, uncut, version, an attempt was made to prosecute them for obscenity.  In the trial the Jurors were […]