14Mar

No 45 A Book Of Days My Life In Objects

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How a fear of death promoted a visual celebration of life The Chambers’ Book Of Days by Robert Chambers (1802-1871) is an interesting volume. It consists of matters connected to the church calendar which would have punctuated the year and…
14Mar

No 36 A Rupert Annual 1936 My Life In Objects

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How a battered book began my love affair with the written word We lived in a house opposite a paper mill. Much to my chagrin we were one of the first houses in the row which did not have a…
14Mar

No 42 A Pair of Leather Trousers My Life In Objects

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Why do leather trousers never cease to be fashionable? Is it just a case of sex, drugs and rock n roll or is it piety, Horlicks and a bit of hymn singing? Leather trousers have a specific cachet; they still…
14Mar

No 38 Basmati Rice My Life in Objects

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How a touch of the exotic reached South London in 1970 I grew up in a household that enjoyed cooking and eating Fejoada, a Brazilian dish of pigs’ trotters, tails, chuck steak and black beans. Everyone would look forward to this…
14Mar

No 24 Male Nude My Life In Objects

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How this drawing needs to be well hung as it were I have a charcoal drawing which has caused considerable consternation over the years and when I bought it, the person with whom I was living said, ‘This cannot hang in…
14Mar

No 2 The Butterfly Tray My Life In Objects

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Never flatten the ephemeral under glass – pity the Morpho Butterfly My father had travelled the world as a merchant seaman and I used to love his stories: contraband and so many pineapples consumed, he lost the skin around his…
14Mar

No 20 The Grundig TK8 Reel To Reel Tape Recorder My Life In Objects

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‘Vintage Grundig TK8 Reel to Reel Tape Recorder Rare’ says the advert on ebay. I checked YouTube and was delighted to see a TK8 still in playing condition. This make of machine belonged to my father and it’s a 1958…
14Mar

No 34 Letters from Cambridge My Life In Objects

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Do texts count as epistolary? This is No 34 in a series. I will post one every day until the story is told. Today is No 34: A packet of letters It was an ordinary night, I was with a…
14Mar

DVTs Forget creative flow think about blood flow

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Occupational Hazards when Writing I am going to write this blog although I can’t say it is something that makes me feel jolly, but it is necessary nevertheless. The topic today is DVT or deep vein thrombosis, cheerful huh? Yet…
14Mar

‘Cut The chains and give the Key to The Prisoner’. The Writers Retreat Explores The Art of Editing

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How important is an editor to a writer? If you look up the word ‘revise’ in a dictionary it will say: ‘to examine and correct: to make a new improved version of: to study anew’ and for me, the most important…