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George Harris
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The Bicentenary of St John's Part 1
                In 2018 the church I attend, St John the Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, is enjoying its 200th anniversary. I am using my satirical column in the church magazine, "Cornerstone", to celebrate the fact in verse. I hope this will be the ...
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The Bicentenary of St John's Part 1
                In 2016 the church I attend, St John the Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, is enjoying its 200th anniversary. I am using my satirical column in the church magazine, "Cornerstone", to celebrate the fact in verse. I hope this will be the ...
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Water. A few thoughts.
At the end of the summer I was asked to write a short article for our church magazine about water. This is not, as I say in it, in any way an academic paper, and all the statistics in it can be easily found on-line, if you have time to look. But I do think ...
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The West Highland Line. Sketches.
On Friday I did something some of my friends regard as crazy - I took a day-return from Edinburgh to Mallaig. I was lucky with the weather; it was more or less as I hoped all the way there. On the way back it was too dark to care, but I had three books with...
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Painting birch woods
On a recent trip to the Rothiemurchus area we were surrounded by miles of superb woodland. Just across the road from our cottage was an area of magnificent birch wood, which I was determined to paint. After several days walking though it, and thinking about...
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A verse for the Solar Eclipe
After a previous eclipse of the sun I wrote the following extra verse for Joseph Addison's well-known hymn about the sun, moon, stars and planets.           However, like a human watch           The heav'nly clock displays a botch.           Sometimes the m...
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30 Days Wild. The last ten days
Since June 21st I have not managed any trips to especially wild places. But there is no shortage of wild nature in the town if you look around. On one evening wild nature came to visit us, as a large mouse scampered across our second floor carpet. Since we ...
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30 Days Wild: The next ten days
During the days June 11th to June 20th I was lucky to get two days out in seriously wild hills. I was lucky, too, that on neither day was it intolerably hot. On Wednesday June 14th I drove to the Manor Valley, near Peebles, and climbed up onto the hills to ...
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30 Days Wild 2017. The first ten.
As luck would have it my wildest day during the last fortnight was on the last day of May, so it doesn't count. But Ben Lui deserves a photo. May 31 Since then I have not had the chance to go out of town, but it has been good to notice how much wild nature ...
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History all around us
This afternoon I went to post a letter. In five or ten minutes I was made aware of history on every side; and all on one block in an inner suburb of Edinburgh. Nowadays all the tenements have electric door-bells, and a clever switch that can open the street...
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