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David Smith
Marlborough, United Kingdom
Former teacher
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Some other pieces I've found valuable, most of which have appeared since my last post. Alex Massie's Spectator piece, A Day of Infamy, appeared last Thursday and struck a deep chord with me. It's since been re-worked at least twice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Preoccupations
Here are seven recent articles, from across the political spectrum, which stand out for their clarity and honesty. They're not batshit. Matthew Parris: Six reasons to keep calm and vote Remain Matthew d'Ancona: We’re just 10 days from making the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Preoccupations
From back in the summer: a friend’s wood, a folly made deep within it over many, many months, stone-by-stone, by two strangers — with a curious and engaging backstory — and, always, the deepest, quietest, heat-filled Devon lanes. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Preoccupations
Post-christening (St Paul’s Cathedral). Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Preoccupations
North Devon. iPhone 5S, panorama. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Preoccupations
Saw this in the West Country earlier this year (near Porlock): There was a still better sign: ‘CATS EYES REMOVED’ (placed too dangerously to snag). Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Preoccupations
These have been sitting in my camera for some time — from a Boxing Day walk, Regent’s Canal. … and some others. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Preoccupations
… was a beautiful day: More. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Preoccupations
Speaking about Scape with Peter Chilvers at Apple, Regent Street, 5 October. (Flickr.) Continue reading
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Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Preoccupations
This weekend, I realised yet again how we can live for years in one place and miss so much: Chiminage. OED — ‘A toll formerly paid for liberty of passage through a forest.’ ‘Etymology: Old French cheminage right of way’.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at Preoccupations
Beautiful weather. Colder now, tonight, but life’s stirring and today there was much sun — and long shadows. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2012 at Preoccupations
I got to handle a Nex-5N yesterday, thanks to Timo, and it felt very good in the hand — lovely size and weight, easy to grip and manipulate. And when kitted out with the beautiful Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens it’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Preoccupations