…she remembered watching a summer sunset from this very spot. Not so long ago; just a lifetime.

Sharon Kay Penman

I’m fortunate to have seen many wondrous sunsets in beautiful locations around the world. There is one sunset, however, which always captures my heart more than the rest. …

The Blaydon Races by William Irving
The Blaydon Races by William Irving

My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.

Mark Knopfler

This week my Reflection is of some of the North-eastern folksongs I recall from my early years.

Of course, the one that most people will know of is Blaydon…

What do they know of England who only England know?

Rudyard Kipling

My first Reflection of 2021 offered that it, and those for the rest of the year, would have a different spin. That spin was to be music. Each week my Reflection would revolve around a piece of music…

It was pleasant to wake up in Florence, to open the eyes upon a bright bare room, with a floor of red tiles which look clean though they are not; with a painted ceiling whereon pink griffins and blue amorini sport in a forest of yellow violins and bassoons. …

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved…

What we can do .. is try to focus the attention of many in Britain and beyond on the lessons of Aberfan, lessons which are still of profound relevance today [2016]. They touch on issues of public accountability, responsibility, competence and transparency.

Huw Edwards

Last week saw the 55th anniversary…

Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realise it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.

Mike Yankoski

I have written in…

What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. …

In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. …

Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.

Lemony Snicket

This week’s reflection is of some traditions I recall from my younger days living in the northeast of England. For assorted reasons, they seem now to have fallen by the wayside.

The first and most…

Harry Watson

In the Renaissance period of my post-career life …

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