Tag Archives: History

The Shadow of Ritual

We’re working on a boat today, a Dutch barge, converted into a rather splendid houseboat. Four of us, coming together to share ideas in person, to co-create a story, to learn. This morning, we sat on deck, with a teapot … Continue reading

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Relating to People

I spent an enjoyable day at the National Motor Museum yesterday, on the Beaulieu estate in the New Forest. I realise this gets us off to a bad start, especially if you don’t live in England: pronounce it ‘Bew-Lee‘ and, … Continue reading

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Grounded by the mud on my boots

Fire forms the beating heart of the house: by day, just a background image, flickering weakly, demanding food every few hours. By night though, as the darkness crawls up the side of the valley, it reaches out: a red flame, … Continue reading

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Singapore Postcard: The Joy of the Typewriter

In my mind, it would be dark. And musty. The sounds outside muted as the door swung behind you. Once eyes adjusted to the dark, one would become aware of tables and shelves hosting irregular ranks of typewriters, not mustered … Continue reading

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#GoogleGlass for learning: The National Trust experience

Whilst i enjoy the history, the cream tea is an essential part of the experience. Whether you go jam first, layering your cream on top, or cream first (which, just to be clear, is wrong), there’s nothing quite like sitting … Continue reading

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The Age of Digital History

Cath and i were having a heated discussion this morning: one of our friends reported that out of 5,700 episodes of PlaySchool (a favourite childhood TV programme) only 1,900 are known to survive. Her comment was that nobody would ever … Continue reading

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Relics of greatness: agility and learning

I travelled to Bristol yesterday, an old port with a long and glorious history. Still bustling, the signs of past glory are everywhere to be seen: on the dockside, lurking iron mooring posts that could anchor a moon and the … Continue reading

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