Tag Archives: WW2

VE Day

On VE day most people down our street got out their deckchairs and sat outside their front doors. There was bunting strewn between houses, and we toasted each other with tea and scones. The kids rode up and down the … Continue reading

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Remembering

On Friday, just before 11 o’clock, a precious thing happened. One of the barbers on the high street stepped out of his shop holding a trumpet. He lifted it to his lips, took a deep breath, and played the Last … Continue reading

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Layers

I’m fascinated by layers. My dissertation for my degree was about layers in landscape. I once read about how the Japanese value tarnished objects more than polished ones because the tarnish shows the layers of handling. The object gains worth … Continue reading

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The House That Moved

This is a very special house. It is a 16th century merchant’s house in Exeter. In the 1960s it was in a state of dereliction after the bombing of the city during WW2 and was due to be demolished to … Continue reading

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