The Heart of the Matter

At the beginning of Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, the author and narrator (Jerome K Jerome) recounts that he has the symptoms of every disease from ague to zymosis – except housemaid’s knee.  Perhaps he also had hypochondria – I know I do. Continue reading The Heart of the Matter

A Memorial Cross

Interior of St Botolph

Is it a bit morbid harping on about graves and war memorials? I hope not. The first World War I memorial in London and perhaps the country was unveiled today, 4th August, a hundred years ago. The date was significant in 1916 because it was exactly two years since the outbreak of war. The memorial is outside St Botolph without Bishopsgate in the City. Continue reading A Memorial Cross

War Artist and Poet


Yesterday morning the Queen’s birthday parade assumed especial significance. The Duke of Edinburgh turned ninety-five the day before and it was Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday. The crowds in the Mall were larger than usual. The parade was broadcast by the BBC and their programme included an interview with Captain Alexander Ritchie, Coldstream Guards, whose regiment was trooping their Colour. Continue reading War Artist and Poet

In Memoriam

This is a verse from Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.

Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed

I haven’t entirely unraveled what it means. Poetry can be tricky to interpret but perhaps it’s relevant to the recent installation of two bird feeders in my small back garden. Continue reading In Memoriam