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Jack and the Haystack

Volunteers (wearing nearly-time-to-go-home smiles) Once upon a time – what seems like a very long time ago – Jack’s Mother opened the rusty biscuit-tin in which she kept her life-savings and said to Jack Jasper? (she could never remember his … Continue reading

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The man who fell to Earth

Major Tim Peake and I touched down at exactly the same moment. What happened was  that Tim’s bolts blew allowing his module to separate whilst I was up a ladder trying to attach a purlin to the roof. When I … Continue reading

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Now that’s what I call quite good

One of the striking differences between buying a ready-made house and building one – setting aside for a moment the thousands of hours of work you’ll have to put in if you decide to build one – is that if … Continue reading

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So…

A few years back – probably 20 – I noticed people were beginning to preface everything they said with the word ‘So’. For example: What would you like for breakfast? So …what are my choices? …and I thought to myself … Continue reading

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Right ole hippies…

Those Dyson’s are bloody brilliant! Until they’re about three months old. Then when you get a blockage it’s overalls-on, and half-a-day dismantling to rod out the rabbit warrens …and clean all meeting-surfaces with a toothpick on re-assembly. I can see … Continue reading

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Linda and I enjoy a joke as much as the next man …but

One Card??? I can’t decide whether you’re determined to have the last laugh this year or I forgot to give you the address where Linda and I will be staying for Christmas (Batsom Farm, Withypool Somerset, TA24 7RG – if … Continue reading

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…are you knackered, Justin?

There can only be one of two reasons for Yachting Monthly – Britain’s favourite boaty mag – choosing to publish a 700 word excerpt from Canvas Flying, Seagulls Crying: the first is that they thought it was bloody brilliant; the second, more … Continue reading

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…thanks, Dr. Sandy

I went on a walk four years ago when we were living in the Hebrides which bloody nearly killed me. Mentally, I’m not quite over it yet. The difference between walking in the Hebrides and walking in, say, Cornwall – … Continue reading

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I’ll blow your house down…

We’ve been given fair warning, illustrated by that folklore tale, but we’re going to build a house made from bales of straw. It’s official now because we’ve just spent £385 applying for planning permission – and we don’t chuck that … Continue reading

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Devils on horseback

I’m beginning to get interested in horse-riding again. Of course, it’s good exercise …get’s you out and about and all that – but I’ve had some of my best laughs whilst riding. Take the time we lived on Exmoor and … Continue reading

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