Pimpernel

15 Jun 19
The Struggle Surreal

You and me again                 He’s having trouble writing, isn’t he? Yeah. Nothing’s happening.                 Bring on the gimps! …And have the monkey boys dance.                 Diligent masquerade. Misdirection.           […]

15 Jun 19
Remembrance NI

9. Four men from NI were lost in the River class frigate HMS Mourne when in support of the Normandy Landings. They were from Ballymena, Belfast and Rosslea. Herbie Marshall was only 19 when he died off the beaches of Normandy.

14 Jun 19
A Book a Day Allows Imagination to Stay

by Baroness Orczy. I loved this book. I actually read it for school, but it was one of the easiest and most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. It is a great mystery and I love a good mystery, especially ones where I can’t figure out the ending. This book is a great historical fiction story. […]

14 Jun 19
Wordsmith Six

POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE The Scarlet Pimpernel By Nandy Ekle I am not normally a fan of romance stories, but if they include captivating characters in clever adventures, danger, intrigue, and fun little sword fight, I’m all in. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a movie that is all that and more. It’s an older movie […]

14 Jun 19
ONAFHANKLIK

FARM ATTACKED – A victim sharing her farm attack ordeal Eastern Cape Police Commissioner Liziwe Ntshinga has welcomed the lengthy jail sentence handed down to an accused sentenced on Thursday, in the Port Elizabeth High court on 17 counts including rape, housebreaking, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm and ammunition, attempted murder as well as […]

13 Jun 19
Woodland Wildflowers

I spotted this the other day by Browns convenience store in the village of Llandogo on the Wye valley. Creeping Jenny is a bit of an old fashioned garden plant, plants do have fashions, and some like Asters, Larkspur, Love in the Mist, and Michaelmas daisies are a bit from a time gone by and […]

13 Jun 19
Homeschool Essays

We will be going over the various things we talked about this semester. The main focus will be on the material taught, essay assignments given, and the literature provided. Good writing is one of the most important aspects of English. You have to be able to describe certain things in a manor easy to read […]

12 Jun 19
wildfife

Welted Thistle, Carduus crispus, all along the edge of the University’s fence. Scarlet Pimpernel – wasn’t expecting to find it here. There were at least 10 spikes of orchid. Possibly Northern Marsh Orchid. Lots and lots of Lesser Twayblade in the woods. Also went to Tayport to look for the Great Lettuce, which has mysteriously […]

12 Jun 19
seemarashidblog

3.5 * for the book. *THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A TRUCKLOAD OF SPOILERS* I’d always wanted to read this book, but somehow it always got pushed back into the TBR pile. And now that I have read it, I have mixed views to share. The trope of hidden/dual identities was very appealing to me. Initially, I […]

12 Jun 19
what (not) to doc

Returning to DVD this week: THE MAN WHO DROVE WITH MANDELA Director: Greta Schiller World Premiere: Edinburgh 1998 Select Festivals: Berlin, NewFest, Outfest, Frameline, London About: The story of a long-overlooked figure in the struggle against apartheid. I wrote about the doc for NewFest’s program in 1999, saying: In 1962, Nelson Mandela traveled incognito across […]

12 Jun 19
Door-to-Door Poetry

Captain’s Log 08/06/19 12:33 I’ve just got off the bus in Moss Side. I’m on my way to deliver the poems for The Specialist, Nigel and Mikela. In true Manchester fashion, it’s absolutely whazzing it down. 

12 Jun 19
Mockingbird Chronicles

Friends I met on my walk yesterday:1. Crow. Crow reminds me to get the wide perspective, to take on the adventure that any wind offers, to speak my mind. Crows don’t take heed for nothing.2. Dogbane. Dogbane reminds me to be resourceful, to take note of the helpers who are always present, and to spin: […]

12 Jun 19
Ganesh ias Academy

Nelson Mandela , in full Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, byname Madiba, (born July 18, 1918, Mvezo, South Africa—died December 5, 2013, Johannesburg), black nationalist and the first black president of South Africa (1994–99). His negotiations in the early 1990s with South African Pres. F.W. de Klerk helped end the country’s apartheid system of racial segregation and […]

12 Jun 19
Trekking NI

By Derek Flack My wife and I spent a few days in County Fermanagh recently. We were based in Enniskillen and, having recently become members of the National Trust, Castle Coole and Florencecourt were top of our visit list. Both lived up to expectations with the manicured and well tended gardens of both properties a […]

11 Jun 19
Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve

We are now over a week in to the wildlife trusts 30 days wild month, where we try and do one random act of wildness every day of the month of June. I have so far managed mainly a tweet a day! A couple of busy weekends have meant I’ve had a couple of gaps […]

11 Jun 19
Newsy Today

Wild rumors of a pop Normandy where it is good sporting, the mesmerizing sounds coming from an Elizabethan theater erected at the foot of a neogothic manor house, on the way to a weekly selection among the most staggered of the year. In the distant forest … "It's happening in a field, in the middle […]