Category Archives: symbolism

The Temple Church II: Talking heads…

It is difficult to say what you see first when you step inside the church built by the Knights Templar in the middle of London, over eight hundred years ago. What you notice first, though, is a complete disparity in … Continue reading

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Heart to heart…

“I don’t get it,” said my son. “We’re an island… how can we be short of water?” I had been telling him about the shocking state of the Derwent Valley reservoirs. I have seen them very low before, but never … Continue reading

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The Marsh King’s Daughter… Stuart France

‘…Hi-ho the Carrion Crow, Fol-de-rol-de riddle…’ * Although the second longest of Anderson’s Fairy Tales, The Marsh King’s Daughter is relatively little known and perhaps, even, considered to be one of his ‘lesser’ tales. It is a huge, sprawling epic … Continue reading

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Living in edit mode

There are piles of books on the table as usual… some of them with my name on the cover, which still feels rather odd.  The running joke in the family is that they look like ‘proper books’. Which, of course, … Continue reading

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Missing the mark

A new footpath has been installed close to the village, running for a few miles through the silent, empty fields. One of its entrances gives onto the road I travel every day and I have watched with mild curiosity as … Continue reading

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North-easterly: Sunday best…

We were right about the church; St Mary’s, Sledmere, was well worth a look, though not for our usual reasons. We normally visit the older places of worship by choice, seeking within their hallowed walls the stories and symbolism that … Continue reading

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North-easterly: Sidetracked again

It doesn’t matter where we go, the habit of rising early for work seems to follow us, so it was no surprise that on the Saturday morning of our recent trip north, we were up and out a long time … Continue reading

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North-easterly V: Layers

A short walk along the coast from Craster is another of the most iconic sights on the Northumbrian shore…Dunstanburgh. The castle has inspired artists and poets over the centuries; Turner and Girtin both painted the ruins, and so did I, … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXXIX: The balance of power…

The church in St Cleer may be dedicated to St Clarus, the missionary saint who fled to France to escape the importunate advances of an amorous noblewoman, but at first glance, that seemed to be one of the few nods … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXXVIII: Toeing the line

One of our main aims in taking the Cornwall trip, quite apart from the sheer beauty of the place and the fact that it is strewn with more ancient and sacred places than you could visit in a lifetime, had … Continue reading

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