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Our NHS Doctor Retires

Our NHS Doctor Retires

When I was young there were three people who were revered – priest, schoolmaster and doctor. The first lost his way, the second lost his awe, but the doctor, ah, even to this day the doctor holds allure. The poem this month, “Faith,” is about a surgery doctor who is retiring this month and whom…

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Sorting out the Book Shelves

Sorting out the Book Shelves

I reorganised my bookshelves during lock-down. I’m a bit anal about it, collections by author, compendiums by country – drives my wife crazy. I think she’d prefer them by colour. I was easily distracted and an hour’s task lasted weeks. Buried in the shelves I found gems, such as three collections by Pat Ingoldsby, who…

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Pulling a Pint

Pulling a Pint

I’ve been on a mission for many a year, initiating bartenders in how to pull a pint of Guinness correctly. It makes such a difference to the taste. When I order, I watch the pull anxiously, shouting “STOP” when it’s pulled badly. I explain the rules, why it’s important to slow the process. I ask…

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