The UK: politics, impossibilities … and more Shakespeare

Trafalgar Square, London

Trafalgar Square, London

A week ago the United Kingdom was full of hope and politics. Now, after the general election result, the politics goes on but there’s one big question: how do we get out of this?

We knew there would be a muddle, but I don’t think we ever imagined it would be quite so complicated.

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Short Story: ‘But soft! What light …’ (from ‘Could do Better’ by Peter Rolls)

Apologies for the delay in this post – too much  Christmas is a very good thing.

IMG_0587Angela Figgis believed that “The family that eats together stays together”.  She made a big deal of this – and, at 6.30 every night, the five Figgises sat and ate:  a good helping of meat, or pasta, or fish, or whatever.  Nothing fancy.  Nothing rubbish.  Occasional puddings.  All calories counted and five portions of fruit or veg a day.  Plus walking to school, rain or shine.  They would thank her for it one day.

Figgis meals involved more than just eating.  They were an occasion for being ‘together’:  for family bonding, sharing news, giving guidance, forming young minds.  And forming three teenage minds – girl, boy, girl – was no small job.

She looked at Boswell twiddling spaghetti on to his fork.  Here was a mind so unformed that it was frightening.  He spent much of this time in a ‘wool-gathering’ dream and the result was a mind like a badly-knit jumper – with the tension all over the place and likely to unravel at any moment.

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