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31 December 2008


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May 2009 be filled with high spots for you, my dear friend.

Wishing you the best in 2009. I chuckled when I read your caption, "How was it for you?" - what a wicked sense of humour you have,Diane!

I was there!!

You were indeed, Friend in Transit; in fact, I've just realised that you took the picture of the barracks (I was too overwhelmed ... ) so I will insert a credit toot sweet!

Happy New Year everyone.

Hi there

A very Happy New Year to you.

I have only been following you blog for a short while with immense enjoyment for which many thanks. I suspect all due to books, Dylan, Joni and an age affinity being 62 in February!

Noticed that Carol Shields has kicked off your new year reading and you read a couple last year - odd to say that when it was just 2 days ago. I have read most of her stuff and she is a great story-teller, hope you enjoyed.

Hello Bob and welcome. Always good to hear from a male reader (as opposed to a Mail reader, who probably wouldn't feel at home here anyway ...). So glad you're enjoying the blog. I think that although the music of Dylan, Joni et al reaches out across the generations, it will always have a particular resonance for ours. Not just because it's great music but for all that it represented to those of us who were young in the sixties.

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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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