A new year is like a fresh apple – unbitten, unspoiled and it’s yours. What happens next isn’t entirely up to you (‘if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…’) but it’s a new beginning. I have a tiny Mary Fedden painting by my bed of an apple sitting on a window-sill, with […]

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There are quite a few phrases that I can’t stand. One is ‘going forward’ which indicates that the speaker is on ‘robotspeak’. Another is ‘these people’ which makes it obvious that there’s a total absence of empathy. But a quite innocent one invaded my brain this morning, as I walked in the deep leaves in […]

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The late and scurrilous poet Jonathan Williams created a form called Meta-fours. In these verses he uses just four words in each line, with attention to sound, rhythm and echo but not to rhyme. I find it an engaging and energetic metre. Here’s my Meta-four for today:   First they tell you One thing, not […]

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