Category Archives: Friends

The Tale Of Herman and José

We moved here to our house in the Achterhoek in the Netherlands ten years ago. Our closest neighbours, a field away were a dairy farmer and his wife. In January 2007, the farmer sold his farm to Herman Bongen and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Hetty

One of the pleasant things about living in the Dutch countryside is that we get to participate in traditions that are non-existent or being eclipsed in cities. One such tradition is Noaberschap (neighbourliness). Martin and I are the Noaste Noabers … Continue reading

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RIP Margi

I’m afraid I’m of an age where I read the obituaries to see if another connection with my past or present has gone. Most of the time they are of somebody famous, a well-known author perhaps, whose work has influenced … Continue reading

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World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS day. Wear your red ribbon, or better still, give a donation to an AIDS charity. It’s also a day to remember some lost friends: Kerry, Lance, Eric, Humphrey, Peter, John, Kingsley, Graham, and Neil. I’m sorry … Continue reading

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Life Is Fragile

A sober reminder yesterday of how fragile our lives are. I received an email passing on the news that someone I knew, liked, and respected from my days of working in IT in Shell was killed in a light aircraft … Continue reading

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Someday, I’ll Go Back To Heaven

A large package was delivered yesterday morning. It turned out to be a work of art. My dearest friend, Len Curran, had, amongst his many other talents, an eye for Art. Many was the time during his travels abroad that … Continue reading

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The Volcano Is Now Extinct

This is a very difficult post to write. It concerns my oldest and closest friend. We first met back in the early 1970s when I first moved up to London. I wanted to do some volunteer work, and ended up … Continue reading

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