Over the Overcoat

Having recently heard a story about the loss of a favourite coat, prompted a memory of a raincoat. People have coats if lucky. Coats for winter weather, wet weather, sunny weather. Coats are significant. Coats bestow status sometimes. Coats keep us warm and dry. Coats shade us from the wind and the sun’s rays. The … More Over the Overcoat

Leaving Home

We have all had days like this. Days that loom ahead. The days that we do not want to happen. But inevitably those days roll up. As signal days or red letter days they are inevitable. They are unstoppable. They are the opposite of celebration days. Alec Kendall in his song about the coming of … More Leaving Home

The Soundtrack

The Soundtrack People mention the soundtrack. They didn’t always. There was a time the word “soundtrack” was new. As people bought more – and longer – records, “the soundtrack to people’s lives” became spoken about. Nowadays people actively store up a personal soundtrack. Beloved records; sober melodies; shouty anthems; groany ditties; mooing verses; all performed … More The Soundtrack

Unhelpful History

We all know myths. But. Grimly, some myths become treated as if they were factual. Worse still, some myths (masquerading as facts) can even become key parts to examination answers. (You might hardly believe it). That then becomes a real quis custodiet ipsos custodes situation. (I will leave you, generous reader, to work out who … More Unhelpful History

About Scented Toilet Paper and a Diversion in Praise of the Outside Lavatory

It’s time to write about the bog. The john. The lavvy. The WC. Well, not just about that, but about some of the accoutrements that we meet in there. This is an essay about where we once were. You can see I am inspired I recently read a forum. I cannot remember now how I … More About Scented Toilet Paper and a Diversion in Praise of the Outside Lavatory