Monthly Archives: December 2013

God Save Our Nation


We take them for granted but National Anthems signal the great events in our world. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika will sound out at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. There can’t be a finer example of a National Anthem representing the nation’s mood. It’s … Continue reading

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Wise words


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As seen on a wall in the market town of Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Dales.

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The Wicked White Witch….of Chatsworth


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No need to worry…The Wicked White Witch is only a temporary visitor to Chatsworth, Derbyshire’s Stately Home and part of their Christmas Decorations Attraction for 2013.  The White Witch is the villain in…

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The perfect market town? (revisited)


  Some time ago I wrote a blog about the kind of place I wanted to live – the Ashbourne of my imagination. I didn’t go for some chocolate-box idyll but rather sketched a vibrant, happy town. As a counterbalance … Continue reading

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Ashbourne in December


The dark nights, the faint smell of wood smoke, Christmas decorations and celebrations: Ashbourne is a great place to be during the Festive Season. The month starts with the town already decked in its spangly Christmas clothes. With the big … Continue reading

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Kitchen Visitor


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