October 30, 2020

Please Sir – can we have a rag?

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Please Sir can we have a rag? We all began to chant the words,increasingly loudly.

About once a term at Marsh Court School in the 1950s, before bedtime, our normally no-touch (apart from the cane) Headmaster, “Wacker”, Maurice Wright, took his jacket off and braced himself for the impact of about 10 boys, sometimes more.

With a roar we all jumped on top of him, and tried to get him down! Before this could happen there was a gruff laugh “That’s enough, boys, stop playing the Ass” – and we all returned to our beds, laughing!

Richard

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:18 am by Aleksan

Thank you so much for your really lovely card – it gave me a warm glow inside, and is so kind. You and I will always be warriors of sorts, dealing with the various physical and mental Hobgoblins that beset our lives, and challenge our Souls.With love, Sandy x

October 29, 2020

The Hungry and the Homeless…

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:47 am by Aleksan

I don’t care a damn about your party politics but one thing is clear to me – no child should be hungry this Winter, and no one should have to sleep on the streets.

October 28, 2020

Bossington Church

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St James Church, Bossington. On an ancient Pilgrim route, and opposite the meadow where Henry Vth camped his Army the night before they marched to Southampton, and on to Agincourt, France.
More importantly my parents were married there, my grandparents, Auntie Dorothy and Uncle Len were buried there – and I was Christened in this Church.

The Wounded Surgeon Plies the Steel…..T S ELIOT

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:25 am by Aleksan

One of the issues that my Jungian Analyst, Dr Lotte Rosenberg, brought up early in our work together in the early 70s, was the fact that I was both sick with a Neurogical disease but also a Doctor/Healer – she was fond of quoting these lines from TS Eliot

“The wounded surgeon plies the steel
That questions the distempered part;
Beneath the bleeding hands we feel
The sharp compassion of the healer’s art
Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.
Our only health is the disease
If we obey the dying nurse
Whose constant care is not to please
But remind of our, and Adam’s curse,
And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.
The whole earth is our hospital
Endowed by the ruined millionaire”

October 26, 2020

Please respect that I am shielding….

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:37 pm by Aleksan

It’s lovely to see visitors, but please respect the fact that I am shielding, and recovering from serious infections and a stroke. Please keep 2 metres away, no physical contact and wear a face mask. Stay in the garden if possible, but if not come in and leave the door open. Make your visits short, as I get very tired. Thank you for caring and showing respect – with love, Sandy x

Mac, given to me for my 11th Birthday, 1955

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This is “Mac” – given to me by mum and dad on my 11th Birthday in 1955. He was a very much a farm Westie, and I only saw him in school holidays and days back home because I was at boarding school. He was an independent character, and really became dad’s dog if he was anyone’s dog. I used to love to see him biting my farmer dad’s boots as dad tried in vain to kick him off, when dad came back fro anywhere. Every night at school I prayed for my family and this always included Mac, Jock and Frosty. Jock was a lovely dog too, and I learnt to ride on Frosty, our New Forest Pony.

Clopidogrel

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Clopi is round of face and pink of hue
He sits is a dish ready for me
Beside some food, and I will eat him
Clopi is my new medicine, thinner of blood
I hope he will help keep me well and free from strokes
But more than anything I love his silly name
Clopidogrel, Clip clop,
And so here I write some Doggerel
In his honour

October 25, 2020

Free School Meals in the Christmas Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:17 am by Aleksan

It’s going to be a bleak Winter, Covid restrictions and many with less income and resources. Children should receive free school meals during the Christmas holidays, in addition to the Universal Credit for families in need.

A nation is rightly judged by how it treats its poor, vulnerable, sick and disadvantaged. To me it’s a “No brainer”. Anything to reduce the disparity between rich and poor must be a priority, but most importantly it’s the kind and caring thing to do…

October 21, 2020

October – the driest month no more…

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:28 am by Aleksan

October is always the driest month of the year, said my Farmer father – and year after year I noticed he was right – a dry month every year. He died in 1980, and the dry October’s continued on – until now.

This is a very wet October, and no doubt a consequence of man made climate change over the years. We have to face up to this, but it’s nothing to what the Inui people in the Arctic are having to deal with…

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