Happy New Year – tanti auguri!

Another year gone – another year of life disappearing over the horizon with all it hazards and chances.

A thousand thanks to everyone who looked in on The Phraser over the year.  Your company and your feedback make The Phraser.

I would also like to mention especially, those who have allowed me over the past year to interview them or feature their work.  It is such a privilege to have the chance to profile the parts of life that have caught my eye.

Here are a few links to some of the 2014 Phraser ‘portraits’:

Julia Molony in February 2012 - when The Ripple Pond was first set up

Julia Molony in February 2012 – when The Ripple Pond was first set up

Julia Molony – courageous and determined founder of The Ripple Pond – a support group for the families of injured service personnel

The final piece from the feature on the Underground published by the online magazine, The New Londoners, in June 2014

The final piece from the feature on the Underground published by the online magazine, The New Londoners, in June 2014

Lance Ramsay General Manager of The Bakerloo Line who told me of his own journey through the London Underground

Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane, and dog, Dinah arrive at the Martyrs Memorial in Oxford

Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane, and dog, Dinah arrive at the Martyrs Memorial in Oxford

Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane who completed yet another marathon walk on behalf of ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) and the vulnerable in Zimbabwe.

Rev Alan Steele MBE officiating at the D-Day services at Pegasus Bridge for this year's 70th anniversary

Rev Alan Steele MBE officiating at the D-Day services at Pegasus Bridge for this year’s 70th anniversary

The Reverend Alan Steele MBE who described his role as a padre in the British military

The VAWZ (UK) stall at the Whitely Village Summer Fair 2014

The VAWZ (UK) stall at the Whitely Village Summer Fair 2014

Meryl Harrison – she continues her work to help raise awareness and funds for animals in Zimbabwe

Mauro Squillace of Omega Gloves

Mauro Squillace of Omega Gloves

Mauro Squillace of Omega Gloves at the heart of his family’s glove-making network in Naples

My mother who turned 80 this year

My mother who turned 80 this year

My mother, who, like so many other young, travelled out to Africa from Europe over 60 years ago

The city of Naples, Italy

The city of Naples, Italy

Naples, with all its stories and surprises – here’s a link to the latest

"And foe to none, suspects no enemies, ..."

“And foe to none, suspects no enemies, …”

Finally – the last word must go to Zimbabwe’s young, wild elephants.  These amazing creatures, so much a part of Africa’s vast open spaces, are up for sale.  The details are sketchy but many are destined for China where 75% of a 2012 order for four baby elephants died alone and behind bars.

Happy 2015 – wishing you all ‘bon courage’ and ‘good fortune’ – may we keep the elephants safe

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2014


 The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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15 thoughts on “Happy New Year – tanti auguri!

  1. Happy new year Georgie and family. Lovely to be in touch properly, and hoping that by some miracle we can get to Italy this year – it will take a miracle believe me!

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  2. Happy new yer Georgie and family. Lovely to be in touch properly, and hoping that by some miracle we can get to Italy this year – it will take a miracle believe me!

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  3. Happy new year to you, dear Georgie! I so look forward to reading more of your lovely blog in 2015 … especially regarding your explorations around Italy. With all best wishes for a terrific year ahead! Annabel

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    • Thank you Aggie! You have been so kind to keep looking in on The Phraser – it gives me such a boost to get your comments. Don’t know how you find the time but thanks. Happy 2015!

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