for freedom of speech, while we still have it. A British TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes, has been criticised for using the word ‘uppity’ in connection with the Duchess of Sussex. Apparently the television company received a complaint (singular) and that’s all it takes these days to get you pilloried. Just one Outraged of Budleigh Salterton,…

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Bear with me while I do a bit of navel-gazing. Writers sometimes try to explain where their writing comes from and I’ve often been asked how or why I decided to become a writer. The short answer is, I didn’t. I fell into it. Then someone told me I was quite good at it  – …

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It’s been a funny old week. The first thing that happened was an indecipherable item on my To Do list. I’m an inveterate list-maker because experience has shown me that I need order in my life. I accept that there are people for whom chaos is a seed bed of creativity, but I work a…

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