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Bunessan
On the southern edge of the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides there is an arm of land, the Ross of Mull, that reaches out westwards towards the holy island of Iona. On the map, the end of this peninsula looks a little like a hand wearing mittens, or perhap...
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Looking for some new ideas for Christmas music?

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Dorking
Vaughan Williams appears frequently in my book  and has cropped up not a few times in this blog too, probably more than any other composer. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, he's one of my favourite composers. Secondly, and perhaps more impor...
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SLANE
I have not often been to Ireland, I am sorry to say, but whenever I have it has been a delightful experience. The first time was in 1984, when as a newly-graduated fresh-faced lanky youth I did a sailing trip starting and ending in Poole and taking in the C...
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More book reviews please!
Many thanks to the two people who have reviewed my book on Amazon and Lulu, both of whom have kindly given me a five-star rating! It has also been favourably reviewed in the latest edition of the journal of the Vaughan Williams Society. I am also expecting ...
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Without a city wall: the ‘little towns' that inspired Passiontide and Easter hymn-tunes
'Hymn-tunes that are named after places' is a bit of a mouthful to say and a handful to type, so I've been trying to think of a single word that I can use instead. 'Toponhymn' suggests itself, but perhaps looks a little like a character from Gulliver's Trav...
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Please review the book
Thank you to everyone who has read this blog and been encouraged to buy the book. If you have read and enjoyed the book, please could I ask you to write a review on Amazon and/or on Lulu.com . You don't have to write much, just a brief appreciation of the b...
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In the fen country
The Leys School is an independent school in Cambridge, founded in the 19th century by the Methodist Church. Its grounds are extensive and its red-brick buildings are handsome. It has an air of being a safe haven of learning, an atmosphere it shares with the...
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Anyone who has an interest in hymns or history may like to hear about my book O Little Town, which is now available on Lulu.com. It discusses the stories behind well-known hymn-tunes that are named after places, such as CWM RHONDDA, DOWN AMPNEY and THAXTED. There's a handy link below to Lulu.com's website, where you can order the book.

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The book is now available!
At long last my book O Little Town is available. To order your copy simply click on the button below. I hope you enjoy it. I would be glad to hear any comments you have.
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