A Sad Tale’s Best…

A Sad Tale’s Best…. We’re revising ‘The Winter's Tale.’ The English teacher me is only allowed to meddle near exams and I’m away for June so we have to catch it now. Bohemia: fresh fields, new birth and summer. Sicilia: crabbed landscapes, winter, age. Bitterness, jealous rages, where you’ll accuse a friend, send your gracious [...]

Makeshift

Makeshift     Yesterday: Foundation Degree Policing. 15:30hrs. Maria, with her light touch, explaining to her students   some of the problems involved in conducting the contemporaneous notes interview   which, importantly, was not the same as taking a statement. Rubberneckers, for instance,   after an accident; when the interviewee changes tack and asks you [...]

White Nights Burning

    White Nights Burning     No foreign sky protected me, no stranger's wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot, survivor of that time, that place.                                 From ‘Requiem’ by Anna Ahkmatova       No-one I love has been taken away at dawn   I have never [...]