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A tribute to a good doctor and a good friend.


Next month the processionària will return to the woods in Mallorca, These long lines of caterpillars come down from the pines and look for a safe place to spend the summer.

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Floating Words

Don't let it flow away! You'll regret it. Grab it, and write it down!


As we start the new year, we revisit the poem 'Janus' – the god of doors, gateways, beginnings and endings.

The Last Villagers

Empty Spain. They call it 'La España vaciada'. It is the huge expanse of country where the young people and their children have gone, and a few old people are left. They are the last villagers.

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The Matron

One of the most important things we can achieve is to be able to distinguish between what is worthwhile and what is not.

Christmas in Brittany

It is just before Christmas, and we are doing our best to get everything ready. Just as the villagers in Brittany did in the early 1300s.

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October 30th

When winter comes, can spring be far behind? Shelley 'Ode to the West Wind'

Hate lives on but, then again, so does love.

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The Mediterranean

Few of us are lending a helping hand.

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The Magazine Cover

Enjoy every changing scene! In fact, carpe annum!

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Ashes in the Grate

'Nil Desperandum!' This was the title of a short story I read at school many years ago. 'Never Despair!' It's not a bad guide to keep by you!

Grace Darling’s Birthday

Grace Darling saved the lives of nine survivors from the wrecked steamship, the Forfarshire. She was born on 24 November, 1815.

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Those were the days! Yes, those were the days!

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Carpe Diem

Carpe diem. Make the most of the day!


Visit Almazán if you can. Drive north of Madrid for a couple of hours, and there you will find the town, waiting.

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And the Music?

Poetry can take many forms, and this a plea for more of those poems that are close to songs.

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The title is from a short story by Heinrich Böll, in which the narrator loves a woman that he sees every day but knows he will never meet.