Time for a summer break … not far, but greener

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Away from my Desk

I just wanted to let you know that I am going to take a break for a few weeks. You may well not even notice, given that my blogging is so erratic these days, but at least there is a note on the page in case you do decide to look in.

Thanks to everyone who’s been reading and taking the time to comment. It is so good to know that you’re out there. Special thanks also to the brave ‘free writers’ who joined me during the early months of lockdown. I loved the company and the mini-thought posts that came with it. Bizarre how long ago it feels now.

Finally, a big mention to Zim, where the challenges only seem to multiply. It’s extraordinary to watch the fight against corruption and abuse … so determined despite the terrible odds. I’ve felt a sort of agonising grief/hope with each painful step forward, and truly can’t imagine the courage it takes. I’ll keep watching.

Well … that’s it.

Wishing you the best wherever you are, and hope to see you again sometime in September.

Georgie

Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2020

Zimbabwe’s struggle to breathe – how it looks from where I am

Caged bird in Zimbabwe

Caged bird – Zimbabwe, Africa

Zimbabwe is in real trouble – in a frantic struggle for breath.

The police and military are on the streets trying to force the people back inside – to keep them away from the demonstration against corruption that has been called for tomorrow. Evidence of whippings and intimidation already circle social media.

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London Unmasked

London – during lockdown 2020

Four months of lockdown is a long time.

The door has opened slowly over the last few weeks but life still feels strangely slow motion, especially here in the City of London.

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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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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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Football Football

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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Drama on the First Night of the Dover Military Tattoo 2012

Another early post on The Phraser, given a boost by the recent addition of this image of a Turner painting that the Tate has kindly allowed me to use.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) 'Ports of England' Watercolours, Dover, D18154 Turner Bequest CCVIII U, digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported) Dover circa 1825 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851 Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/D18154 digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has passed in a wave of celebrations. One took place in a damp mist on the parade ground at Connaught Barracks, high above Dover.

There was a breeze and plenty of drama.

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The ‘whys’ and the ‘whats’ of the School Governor Role

Here’s an updated version of a piece I wrote when I first started to blog. At the time I still worked in the hectic world of schools, and saw at first hand the difference governors could make.

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School Governors

Why be a school governor? Because the more our children succeed the better we’ll all be.

What’s needed? Time, enthusiasm, and the willingness to learn and work with others.

What else?

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