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Tag Archives: The Critic

Hat trick ball

My mate Howard has found a cricket ball in his aunt’s attic… – For The Critic

Quaker lives matter

A tribute to my somewhat improbable Quaker ancestors, murdered/martyred on this day, at Scullabogue, in 1798. РFor The Critic

Booksheds

As Colombo emerges from the Covid lockdown, I go immediately to one of my favourite places. – For The Critic

My first Carr

On my personal discovery of eccentric English novelist (and teacher, and artist, and airman, and footballer) JL Carr, the night before what would have been his 108th birthday. – For The Critic

Strength and honour

A love letter to 20 years of watching Gladiator. – For The Critic

May Day, May Day…

A lockdown letter from Colombo. РFor The Critic

‘Beauty retire’ – or; Some notes on a portrait of Samuel Pepys

The odd (and possibly inconsequential) story of Pepys’s portrait, his song, and his relationship with Mrs Knepp. – For The Critic