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sLINKY SUNDAY

I enjoyed reading all of these. Thanks to Nic May, Laura Dron and others. Amazing story about couple who found their baby on the New York subway What could possibly go wrong? They’ve really thought this one through Educational Murmuration

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sLINKY SUNDAY

Here are the links I’ve liked the most this week. I hope you like them too. wonderful pictures interesting corrective Clare Foster, Gardens Editor of House and Garden has a lovely new blog Polish poetry from Ravensbruck strange, ingenious, fascinating

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sLINKY SUNDAY

I follow and am ‘friends’ with a lot of writers, and others, on facebook and twitter. I often stumble across links that they post and I think are interesting or uplifting in some way. Sometimes I’m directed to links on

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Fear

I’ve written about fear before I think, even if only on twitter. Fear drives me to the kettle n hundred times a day. Fear leads me to write poetry instead of my novel. That’s quite a productive use of fear.

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Andrew Motion and his encouraging gin problem

I went to see Andrew Motion reading his poetry at his alma mater St Anne’s College, Oxford, courtesy of the Oxford University Poetry Society, a few nights ago. I have seen him read before and he reads beautifully. He also

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Limits

Wasn’t it the Austrian-Jewish-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who said ‘whereof you cannot speak, thereof you must be silent’? Well I never fully understood Wittgenstein beyond loving his idea that we can prove the existence of other people by the existence

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Banned words

I REMEMBER my brother as a seven-year-old leaning over our garden fence and shouting ‘Bum, bum, willy, willy’ at the new neighbours. From the lofty heights of my eight years I explained that this was just a ‘phrase’ he was

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In which I win Blog of the Year Award

I have to thank Tonya Cannariato, a writer, editor and reviewer I know solely from twitter and other social media (especially Triberr) for thinking of me. A lot of other bloggers have won this too. But I am very grateful

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Milking the maggots

Not to milk the maggots — although what a gift they were — but I did get some interesting responses to my post. Some readers were kind enough to comment on the post right here on the blog, and that’s

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For children of all ages, something a bit more cheery and festive …

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