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Letter from Elsewhere

A Boxing Day Letter from Elsewhere

Dear friends, In that week between the celebrations of Christmas and the coming of the New Year, it often feels like a good time to stop for a while, take stock and think about all that has gone and all that is to come. We do this on a personal level and we also think […]

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Essay
The Ridgeway

Beacon Bound, Part V: Equilibrium

Since Spring 2018 we have followed Nicholas Herrmann as he walked the length of The Ridgeway, an ancient road stretching for eighty-seven miles across chalk downland between Overton Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon, in memory of his grandfather. With this final installment, Nicholas’s journey is completed. You can read all five parts of his walk here. […]

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Library

The Library – Babylons on the Black Sea

Odessa Stories, by Isaac Babel (Pushkin Press, 2018)Black Sea – Through Darkness and Light. Dispatches and Recipes, by Caroline Eden (Quadrille, 2018) Read by Marcel Krueger: In the foyer of a hotel in Romania’s capital Bucharest a few years back, I struck up conversation with a group of English travellers. We talked about our travel […]

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Essay

Runcorn Wonderland

By David Lewis: Note: Runcorn is an industrial town and port in Cheshire, England. The small old town was surrounded in the 1960s by huge housing estates to rehouse people from Liverpool.   It is the midwinter visits I remember the most, the hour’s journey on a half-empty bus – always, in memory, flooded with cold […]

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Essay

On visiting the Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne

By Anna Evans: Approaching along the peninsula, the town seems to lie at the end of the road, like reaching a final destination. A castle stands guard over the quiet estuary, dramatic and imposing, its battlements slowly reclaimed by the landscape. It is a trip I embark on as much to look for traces of […]

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Essay

The Low Country

By Bridgett Brunea: The Low Country of coastal South Carolina and Georgia in the eastern United States carries an unmistakable slow charge. It is a place I know as a sun-filled haven when my more northerly home is dusted in snow. Many times have I slipped through the outstretched hand of winter and driven for […]

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Poetry

Misty Morning at Ash Slack

By Patrick Wright: Mists of the East Ridingsthrough two embracing ash trees. The moon was out, a pamplemousse moon.Under black buds of nuinn where moorland bled to slack,I found lots of bird’s-foot-trefoil, scented lily-of-the-valley – my birth month flower – and felled trees gone back to nature.Seeds dropped to mulch near a disused railway line […]

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Story

An Autumn Sunday afternoon walk around Rawhead

By Julia Bennett Driving eastwards past the 150 year old mining engine house chimney – a lieu de mémoire for the dark dirty-secret past of this green and pleasant corner of England. This is the old Salt Road. Salt was carried from the Cheshire ‘witches’, the towns of Middlewich, Nantwich and Northwich, to the port […]

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Essay

Catholic Ghosts on Vauxhall Road

By David Lewis: Note: Liverpool has a small old Jewish community but, as Islam and Hinduism are traditionally not strong faiths in the city, even now there are few mosques or temples.   The religious landscape, fading or vigorous, is overwhelmingly Christian.  Once the division between Catholic and Protestant was deep and strong.  Protestant Orange Lodge […]

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