A Short Story for You.

This short story is from the collection in my anthology, Ten Tales for Tomorrow. I present it here for your enjoyment. (If it inspires you to read the rest of the collection, you’ll find links to that at the foot of this post. Enjoy!) Smoke A thin curl of greenish smoke rose from sand ahead, …

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Today’s Picture: 19 Oct 20

Even on grey days, the autumn colours can brighten the scene. As the season of mellow fruitfulness slowly builds here in the UK, our days will shorten, skies will more frequently grow grey, and rain will more often fall. So, when I can, I’ll include two pictures. Usually, one will be of the forest as …

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Today’s Picture: 18 Oct 20

Autumn has arrived here. The top picture is from today’s walk in the forest, this part on one of the old forest roads no longer in use for motorised traffic; the most it sees is a few mountain-bikers, the occasional horse rider, and a few dog walkers and others, like us, who enjoy the peace …

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari: #BookReview.

416 pages Political History and Theory/Evolutionary Psychology This is an unusually truthful book, written in rational prose with a degree of honesty that will startle most readers. Presented in five parts, entitled, The Technological Challenge, The Political Challenge, Despair and Hope, Truth, and Resilience, with each section further divided, it does what it states in …

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Today’s Picture: 17 Oct 20

Cannop Ponds, in the Forest of Dean, has proved a particularly fruitful place for pictures, so here’s another from our recent visit. If you’re visiting this blog, please be generous to those who can’t escape their own four walls at present, and share this post widely with them on social media, so they can enjoy …

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Kos in a Time of Covid 19: 5th Day.

Entry to the Ancient Agora. Our morning started with a walk along Pamfylon, the street where our hotel was sited. We were curious to see whether we could reach the northern coast that way. It meandered past another hotel complex, apparently unoccupied, a few other isolated roadside buildings, and ended rather disappointingly in what seemed …

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Today’s Picture: 15 Oct 20

The stream that drains the upper pond into the lower at Cannop Ponds. If you’re visiting this blog, please be generous to those who can’t escape their own four walls at present, and share this post widely with them on social media, so they can enjoy it. It will also reach more people and hopefully …

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Coping in a Time of Covid. A #Poem

Picture from Masum Ali via Pixabay Coping in a Time of Covid. Strange and sometimes frightening timesHow do we respond react survive copewhen so much is unknownso much more conjectured often falselyExperts juggle with factsconstantly changing asresearch experience experimentscombine to form new truthsLeaders with supporters colleagues advisorsare overeager to display their skillsin managing a phenomenonstill …

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Today’s Picture: 14 Oct 20

Reflected oak. Another shot from our walk around Cannop Ponds for your delight. If you’re visiting this blog, please be generous to those who can’t escape their own four walls at present, and share this post widely with them on social media, so they can enjoy it. It will also reach more people and hopefully …

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Today’s Picture: 13 Oct 20

Hints of autumn among the deciduous trees, and the bracken is dying back. Our walk today took us along one of our favourite routes. A large tree had fallen across the path, possibly overnight, and formed a barrier to less able walkers, so I took photos and reported it to the Forestry Commission when we …

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