It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to any podcasts, but when I received an email announcing that my favourite quarterly had started up the Slightly Foxed Podcast, I decided it was time for old habits and new reads. If you’re unfamiliar with Slightly Foxed, it’s a very down-to-earth publication that is all about the… Read More
A new fountain pen! This is a Duragraph I purchased from Cult Pens. It’s a reproduction ’20s design by the recently revived Conklin company. The colour is ‘Cracked Ice’, though I’m also rather tempted by the amber one, for obvious reasons. ‘Duragraph’ (a nice blend of ‘durabilis’ and ‘graphos/graphus’) is minutely etched in the silver… Read More
More perfect weather and charming tea-rooms. I have been rambling, putting together another literary walk; hardly difficult as there are few streets in the centre of Bath that haven’t been graced by at least one eminent scrivener. Unfortunately, the novelty makes it all too difficult to novel, which is why I’m leaving before November, half-envious… Read More
I wonder how Tennyson would have described the sight of a cloudless England from 20,000 feet; the shallow land, the molten silver inlets and rivulets, the tips of turning trees and the neatly enclosed patches of green. What would he have seen? How would he have assimilated it into the social consciousness? I watched the… Read More
A sunny weekend visit to Attingham Park furnished me with much inspiration – marble statues, curious clocks, intricate mythologies, a verdant aspidistra, mechanisms and bees and anecdotes. These old houses are full of stories waiting to be (re)told by bored writers. The ornamentation of the interior is mirrored by the wonderful profusion of the grounds.… Read More
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