Zimbabwe – wounded, wary…and wonderful

Zimbabwe – “Caged Bird” (also a poem by Maya Angelou)

I love Zimbabwe – I was born there, my father was born there, I went to school there, and I was married there. A few weeks ago I returned for a wedding.

It was a packed ten days. We stayed on a farm, we visited friends in Harare, and we spent three days in the Eastern Highlands.

Every step of the way weary Zimbabwe was courteous and kind.

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Dover House Lions: a small football club in South West London

I found this post back at the very beginning of The Phraser. It is a brief profile of a wonderful football club I was introduced to shortly after I restarted my writing life.

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Update 2019: I hear that this club is still run by Eddie Leroux and Anita Russell on the Roehampton playing fields, and that it continues to thrive.

This article appeared in The New Londoners in 2012

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2019

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Away from my desk for a fortnight

Horse on guard duty in London

I am off travelling for a while so The Phraser will go quiet, but it should only be a couple of weeks before I’m bothering you again. In the meanwhile I thought I’d leave you under the watchful eyes of this excellent London horse.

Thanks for your company and all the best.

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Interview (2012) with Allen Parton founder of Hounds For Heroes

In 2012 I read a book called Endal about a yellow labrador and his owner Allen Parton. This interview followed, and was written up before The Phraser existed.

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Article written for Round & About magazine, new content coming soon!  http://www.roundandaboutssh.co.uk/pdfs/editions/2012/GU26/march.pdf

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Ten tips to help with a house move

This was written in 2012 – more moving followed, which is when the photographs were taken. Hope there’s something in here that’s useful for someone.

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Packed up for the move The packers are in the building

House moves are stressful. We’ve done a few…twelve in two decades, which means a fairly constant state of pack and unpack.

Five of the moves have been with three children and a dog, and of those five family moves, two have been international.

Here’s a little of what we’ve learned, written with huge respect for all on the move.

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Sunshine and storm in Stockholm in spring

This is one of the first travel blogs on The Phraser. It took a while to re-arrange into a readable piece, which I hope means that my blogging skills have improved over the years. The grainy photographs are the few I took at the time.

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We are in Stockholm for three nights.

There is spring sunshine and a snowstorm…and there is the old, the grand, the brand new, and plenty of food.

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Football: Didier Drogba’s Gift to Chelsea Football Club

This was written in the early months of The Phraser when the football excitement must have caught my eye. I’ve tidied it slightly, to try to make it read better.

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Didier Drogba was a striker for Chelsea Football Club…one of their best.

The piece that follows was written in 2012.

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