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Running in Japan

I’ve been to Japan several times on business over the years – airport, hotel, airport. My male hosts were courteous, but inscrutable. I couldn’t get beyond the façade. Recently, I travelled to Japan with four running friends, one of whom, Marti, lived there and is fluent. That was invaluable. We landed in Kyoto, immersed as […]

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The Village of Snap

There are some poems that just keep on giving. This long poem is such a poem. Every reading encourages me to revisit Snap, the Deserted Village which is behind Liddington Hill on the path to Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Spring is the best time to visit before the couch grass and nettles get out of control.

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Retirement

You should never admit to being retired. It’s the quickest way to end conversation and watch your interlocutor search the room for someone more interesting. At one stage I thought of describing myself as a professional athlete as I run a couple of marathons every year – and I do come in the top three

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Dominant Poets

We haven’t had a living poet dominate the English-speaking sector since Seamus Heaney’s death left a huge gap ten years ago. His 1995 Nobel Prize was one of many honours. I’ve been reading his “Letters” book that came out in December. It is page after page of wonderful writing. It gave me a lift in

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