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26 January 2014

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Thank you so much for the introduction to this recording! I've just purchased it on Audible. I love your story of Mr Jones! I hope he went on to find a school where his teaching gifts were put to full use and appreciated!! As I listened to the recording I couldn't get the image of the headmistress charging down the corridor out of my mind. In retrospect, how hilarious!

Such foresight, such narrowness, all under the same roof. What a difference a good teacher can make. And much better I imagine than those educational programmes on the wireless, although I do think they taught us a certain stillness.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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