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David Collard
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Slouching towards Washington
Slouching towards Washington (With apologies to Robert Frost) Whose words these are by now we know.    His tower is in the city so   He cannot see us gathered here    To hear his words with pain and fear. His hair  elaborately deranged His thoughtless thoug...

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December index
       Here's the index for December's blogs. Click on the title (and don't ask me why they all appear underlined)..  Knock yourself out. And the scroll to the bottom of this blog for a message.       December 2016 01   Forbidden Line - an Essex epic   02  ...

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On Kate Hopkins
For my last blog of 2016 I ransack the archives once again for two pieces I wrote about the artist Kate Hopkins, the first in 2013 and the second in February this year. If you're expecting to read something about her ghastly near-namesake Katie Hopkins you ...

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Comedy clergymen
My blog on  Harold Davidson , the disgraced Rector of Stiffkey who was killed by a lion in Skegness, prompted an email from a regular reader and prompts further brooding on clergymen, and their representation in film and on the telly as comic figures. Clerg...

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On parlour games
From The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith: He suggested we should play “Cutlets,” a game we never heard of.  He sat on a chair, and asked  Carrie to sit on his lap, an invitation which dear Carrie rightly declined. After some species of wran...
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