Paradise Lane 1

Paradise Lane

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Blog, Featured

Paradise Lane In the parable of the Good Samaritan, a Jewish traveller is stripped, beaten and left for dead at the side of the road. A priest and Levite come along and seeing him, cross to the opposite side...

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The Problem with Africa

Posted by on Aug 3, 2019 in Blog, Featured

Donald Trump on Africa `We are having all these people from shithole countries come here!’ And in a tweet aimed at Somalia-born Democrat, Ilhan Omar `Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and...

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Weights and Measures

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured

In the Book of Daniel, King Belshazzar, having trampled his foes and trashed their temple, held a great feast to celebrate his victory. When the party was in full swing, the hand of God appeared, and as the...

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The Beggar’s Banquet

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured

It’s getting like New Delhi around here for begging and street sleeping. Unprecedented in my lifetime; on busy shopping days they line the routes like sitting Buddhas, creating eddies in the pedestrian...

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Seeking out the Thin Places

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog, Featured

Anyone visiting or living in the Lake District, or any other place of natural beauty for that matter; and who are sensitive and at peace within themselves and their environment will have on occasion sat on a...

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog, Featured

      The Solway Firth forms a natural border between England and Scotland. Over ten miles wide at its mouth, it narrows to a patchwork of marshland and estuaries where the rivers Esk and Eden...

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Taking it for Granted

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Blog, Featured

      You’d have thought that freedom of choice and expression along with access to information, were not just a right, but a basic necessity. Like eating and breathing they are the things that...

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The Longest Tea break

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog, Featured

  Seathwaite Tuff is a silica rich white volcanic rock that formed in a crater lake over a hundred million years ago. It appears as a two metre wide seam fifteen hundred feet above ground level in the...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Blog, Featured

“The common people ther do pray for shippes which they sie in danger. They al sit downe upon their knees and hold up their handes and say very devotedly. Lord, send her to us, God send her to us. Seeing them...

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Of Sorcery . . .

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog, Featured

Of Sorcery… It was on a Lammas night, When corn rigs are bonie, Beneath the moon’s unclouded light, I held away to Annie: The time flew by, wi tentless heed, Till ‘tween the late and early;...

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Now you see it…?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Blog, Featured

Pareidolia is a Greek word for the psychological condition that causes us to see faces in objects. The phenomena originates from an inbuilt survival instinct, activated at birth that allows us to recognise...

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The Italian Job 2

The Italian Job

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Blog, Featured

The twisted road that snakes itself over the pass isn’t for the faint hearted. Impassable for much of the winter it’s a gravity-defying ascent that tests your engine and your nerve as you make your way up and...

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Statistically Speaking 1

Statistically Speaking

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Blog, Featured Over 40% of the houses in Grasmere are holiday homes, most of which sit empty through the Winter, In Elterwater...

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Even the cows love it

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Blog, Featured

    Each generation makes the landscape its own. We are all of us simply temporary managers of the places we inherit or buy – It’s all ephemeral. For years now, farmers have been having a hard time....

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A Sorry End 4

A Sorry End

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized

    John Dixon was a publisher, author and historian who, in the spirit of notable Blackburn writers Alfred Wainwright and Jessica Lofthouse created a series of historic walks through the Lancashire...

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Blackburn Blues

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized

I’ve just returned from Blackburn: my hometown and a place we’ll revisit a number of times over the course of this blog. My parents, grandparents and generations of my family lie in its cemeteries.  Tim and...

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