Posts from the 'Countryside Matters' Category

February 13th, 2017

The Conundrum – to Victor the spoils

Victor was a heavily set young man in his early 30s. His tousled blonde hair was longer than suited him, as the current fashion dictated, and fell into his frowning face to be wiped away by a grumpy hand every couple of minutes. His clothing was too tight for a man whose tailor should be […]

February 11th, 2017

The Conundrum – a Mortal Sin

Anyone who has made the short but eventful journey with me so far could rightly ask -“So what?” “What does any of this have to do with anything?”. Well, dear reader, the answer is this. I had been poorly paid but well looked after to spend my time with people far more important than me […]

February 5th, 2017

The conundrum- the first of four princesses continued

I met her by chance in a very fashionable clothing store where I was wasting time while my friends worked. Some might not be surprised to hear this. For me it was a cataclysmic shock. I tried on some trousers. A gentle young shop assistant looked with pity at my choice and hurried away to […]

February 2nd, 2017

The Conundrum – the first of four princesses…

Southern Africa – mid 1980s When I touched down in Africa I was acting in the capacity of an amateur. Some might say a dilettante, others a hopeless and hopeful romantic. I prefer ‘amateur.’ The father of one of a string of women I ought to have married (had I wished to avoid the life […]

January 30th, 2017

The Conundrum – part the Third

Even my loyal readership needs a little action in order to keep interested and I can promise it aplenty. You see my lunch date was no ordinary fellow. He was reknowned throughout the land as one of the sharpest and most dangerous proponents the game. His wit and sharpness had made him wanted in four […]

January 25th, 2017

The conundrum part 1 – New beginnings

Rebirth turns out to be as traumatic and extraordinary as we are told the original was. Some sequels are better than the original. Ask Max. The life I had led up to that moment turned out to have been largely a mystery to me. My history is confused. The vows I made to my friends, […]

January 24th, 2017

The Judgment – Time to Crow or Wait for Doves?

The Supreme Court has issued its judgement – 8-3 – in favour of MPs being given the opportunity to vote on triggering Art 50. While I have the greatest respect for our independent judiciary, and while I have yet to read the judgment, it fascinates me to imagine that this judgement could in anyway put […]

January 21st, 2017

The Conundrum part 2

I was born in a warm and beautiful place, so full of plenty that I could not describe the feeling of happiness it inspired in me. My father was treated like a King and my mother like a Queen. Like all Kings and Queens who came before them they tried with every ounce of their […]

December 27th, 2016

Post Christmas Greens and Blues


November 30th, 2016

The trial of Anthony Blair

I have been advised by a very kind friend to learn to compartmentalise my writing. This piece is an attempt to do so. It will also appear on Country Squire Magazine, an online platform I have an interest in, and that I am very proud of. It may not make me a fortune but if […]

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