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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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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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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