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Diamonds are Forever

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · death, music, tv

After the best part of 2 months without a proper post, I break my blog silence. (OK, I posted yesterday, but I actually drafted this first!) Skipping the reasons I’ve abstained from publication, it is telling that my silence is broken to say something about the subject arguably most consistently close to my heart throughout […]

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From the sublime to the incomprehensible

June 2nd, 2010 · 4 Comments · bbc, death, news

This is one of my favourite photographs. It’s a spot in the Lake District, a favourite beautiful trail, with happy memories of cycling there with friends and later with Hayley. It’s just 10 minutes from Santon Bridge where I took Hayley to propose to her and where I also spent my 40th birthday. Seeing this […]

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Robert Enke

November 12th, 2009 · No Comments · death, football

The death of Robert Enke is all the more poignant for the facts that he had lost his 2 year-old daughter in 2006 and that he seems to have hidden his illness for fear that he and his wife would lose their adopted daughter Leila. To most of us he had the world at his […]

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BBC NEWS | Americas | Jail terms for faith healing pair

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments · bbc, death, health, news

BBC NEWS | Americas | Jail terms for faith healing pair I remember reading this case with horror. Perhaps giving them compulsory lessons in human biology would have been more appropriate. Asd there’s a joke about a man on a roof in a flood waiting for God to save him which, while apt, is probably […]

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BBC NEWS | Special Reports | Aid group in child mortality plea

October 5th, 2009 · No Comments · bbc, death, health, news

BBC NEWS | Special Reports | Aid group in child mortality plea

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Saying good-bye

November 10th, 2008 · No Comments · death, illness

It is hard to find adequate words to describe today or my feelings about it, so I will try to keep this simple. I was immensely proud of Hayley today. At times she was understandably inconsolable with grief but at other times she was astonishingly strong. She even found the emotional and physical strength to […]

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Desmond James Rodgers (1933 – 2008)

November 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment · death, illness, lucy, marriage, medical, oliver, wedding

Grampy Des with Oliver and Lucy, September 2007 It is with the greatest sadness that I have to write that after a short illness Hayley’s Dad died on Tuesday. About three weeks ago he was admitted to hospital with relatively little concern. However tests revealed that he had advanced lung cancer with secondary tumors. For […]

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Talking to children about death

October 26th, 2008 · No Comments · death, illness

This post was written on the indicated publication date, but was not actually published until after Hayley’s Dad had passed away.I haven’t posted anything yet about the fact that Hayley’s Dad is seriously ill and that sadly his illness is terminal. I did intend to post something last week when Hayley first visited him, at […]

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