Friday, 26 August 2016


"Falling isn't so bad, you know, it's only landing that hurts."

(Terry Prachett)

"Even more than long hours in the kitchen, fine meals require ingenious organization and experience which is a pleasure to acquire.

(Elizabeth David)

Thursday, 25 August 2016


"Admirable, however, as the Paris of the present day appears to you, build up and put together again in imagination the Paris of the fifteenth century."

(Victor Hugo)

"It's a great city , Paris, a beautiful city --and-- it was very good for me."

(James Baldwin)

Saturday, 20 August 2016


"I don't remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart  you don't even know exist until you love a child."

(Anne Lamont)

"Young bodies are like tender plants, which grow and become hardened to whatever shape you've trained them."

(Desiderus Erasmus)

This is what children the world over should look like, not sitting blood soaked,  
dazed and frightened in the back of an ambulance like little Omran Daqneesh in Aleppo. As we become more sophisticated we become more barbaric , I dispair.

Thursday, 11 August 2016


"Who will go where the standing stones stand,
when the fog rolls in and covers the land,
when the moon is hidden in a cloudy sky,
and the night is as dark as a winters chill,
Whats that? You say you'll dare, you will?

(John Bliven Moran. The Standing Stones)

"Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof. Especially seeing England presents thee with so many observables."

(W G Hoskins. The Making of the English Landscape)