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Synchronicity. Serendipity. A kindling of the imagination. I am scrolling down the myriad programme options on my TV menu when I see a documentary called, ‘Pipers of The Trenches’ and immediately press the record button as it unites my interests in History and Music. Resolving to watch the programme later I punch the play button […]

via Mark Knopfler : Piper To The End — The Immortal Jukebox


#ThomHickey  #ImmortalJukebox  #MarkKnoffler  #DireStraits

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On the 5th June 1944 Margaret McAlpine Bell Macaulay married Flight Lieutenant J.A. Forde DFC who was a Master Bomber with the Pathfinder Squadron.  Quite apart from being a mum to four and a wonderful wife to my hero dad, my mum was a hero too.

Unlike Dad’s logbook detailing his flying in WW11, I have no record to refer to Mum’s experiences in the WAAF.  The only time she ever mentioned the war she told me she started smoking while sheltering in an underground station, with hundreds of others, as bombs rained down during the Blitz of London.

My husband and I applied (on her behalf) for and received the medals Mum was entitled.  I wish we’d been able to show our pride when she was alive.InfoMedals_0002DOC


#AnzacDay2020  #CorpMMBMacaulayWAAF  #WW11Heroes


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Poetry In Lockdown

Alexander McCall Smith and Helena Bonham Carter turn to poetry to light up the lockdown

Alexander McCall Smith and the actress Helena Bonham Carter
Alexander McCall Smith and the actress Helena Bonham Carter

The novelist Alexander McCall Smith and the actress Helena Bonham Carter have both offered to cheer up lockdown-stricken readers of The Sunday Times.

McCall Smith has written a poem, below, in honour of health workers who are risking their lives to help the sick.

The Scottish author has two daughters who are doctors working on the coronavirus front line. “Now we have come to realise that all about us there are heroes,” he said.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND HEAR HIS POEM


#TheSundayTimes  #AlexanderMcCallSmith  #PoetryInLockdown

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My little grandson Bodhi just loves this clever series… highly recommended.


#TingaTingaTales  #BodhiLoves  #Children’sSeries  #AnimatedSeries

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I remember reading his book when I was young and have never forgotten the ending… so tragic and so full of the Africa I knew. If you haven’t read it – I recommend you do.

Obituary: John Gordon Davis: Rhodesian-born author of ‘Hold My Hand I’m Dying’

09 November 2014 – 02:04BY CHRIS BARRON
LIFE OF ADVENTURE: John Gordon Davis

LIFE OF ADVENTURE: John Gordon Davis


John Gordon Davis, who has died in Spain at the age of 78, wrote one of the most famous novels to come out of Rhodesia, Hold My Hand I’m Dying.

Published in 1967, it sold millions of copies around the world and was made into a not very good film in 1989 with Christopher Cazenove and Oliver Reed.

Having had his first novel rejected, Davis was made rich and famous by Hold My Hand I’m Dying,his second.  READ FULL OBITUARY



#BooksOnAfrica  #JohnGordonDavis  #BOOK:HoldMyHandI’mDying   #AfricanWriters

#ZimbabweUDI  #TheRealAfrica


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Freo Doctor

This is my man and I, in COVID-19 isolation!

Perth Words... exploring possibilities.

Had forgotten this one too…

200305TwoBirdsPaintingWS Sketch by Frances Macaulay Forde © 2020

Freo Doctor


birds paused

full-fronting the sea breeze.

Two wanderers grip fine wire,

then gone.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2014

#Poem:FreoDoctor  #FrancesMacaulayForde  #FrenchCinquain  # SeaBreeze  #TwoBirds  #Poetry

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I have been spending a lot of time over the last few years, while I was away from here, sorting through my late father’s photographs. They bring me all over Ireland and to some other European countries. They bring me more pleasure than I could ever describe and I hope that there are still […]

via Secret Places — SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

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Jetty Supposing at a certain time there is a jetty, suppose it is never used or necessary, suppose no one is permitted on its hardwood boards and no angling allowed not even if it’s autumn, certainly not utilised further into winter to spring and the middle of summer when there’s sufficient stocks of lively silver […]

via Prose Poem: Jetty — Helen Hagemann’s Studio

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In the midst of theater shutdowns, social distancing and home isolation because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a series of familiar musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber are set to appear online each week for free viewing.


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Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams are opening their contact lists for their new endeavor to help children during the coronavirus pandemic. Not long after the U.S. came to a screeching halt because of COVID-19, the two superstars launched “SaveWithStories,” an Instagram account that features celebrities and other notable figures reading children’s books. The line-up already…

via Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams on ‘Save With Stories,’ Helping Children During Coronavirus Quarantine — Variety

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