Monthly Archives: September 2013

Whakapapa: 30772 was the Co-op Number.

  It’s a long way from 151 Aorangi Road in Bryndwyr, Christchurch where this picture was taken around 1955, where I’m standing holding a toy plastic aircraft carrier, to a book about my father’s war on the real thing, and … Continue reading

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Among the Ancestors

My father, his father, his mother and my aunt, about 1923. Having just spent a weekend with my last remaining aunt, at 83 the elder of the two surviving children of my father’s family, I’m more conscious now of what … Continue reading

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Hinting

Hinting i.m. Seamus Heaney 1939-2013 What is a great poem? Is your great poem not his, hers, theirs – or mine. What can we agree on? To have a conversation might be a start: with the recent death of Seamus … Continue reading

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Those cold forgotten bones still speaking

       It’s been over fifteen years since I was back in Liverpool where my mother’s side of the family (all Welsh) have been coming and going since at least the early 19th century. The city was a magnet … Continue reading

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