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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Was it really January when I last posted on this blog? Where are the voices of protest at my absence? The disappointment? The concerned enquiries ? Hellooooooo! So as a kind of protest against your lack of protest I am … Continue reading

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Holiday in Turkey? Yes!

Kuşadasi – you bet your assy Ölü Deniz  it’s just the biz Next to Godrum, there is Bodrum Jumping Jack Kaş it’s a gas Yeşil Üzümlü, er… That’s right, we are bigging up Turkey. Those who visit, live in or have … Continue reading

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Yule

No I do not know what it means either but you can always look it up. Personally CBA (you may need to look that up too – Urban Dictionary). If that sounds like a sorry-arsed, f**k you sort of introduction … Continue reading

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A Few Tender Mercis

A quick post to acknowledge a few debts after the 2016 Kalkan (Mouse) Island Swim which is the sixth one I have organised and participated in. It was distinguished by a great turn out on the beach and very warm … Continue reading

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2016 Mouse Island Swim 8th October

When I first started this swimming malarkey in 2011 with friend Joules Garrod, she promised me the body of a racing snake if I accepted the challenge. Six swims on and racing snake? More boa constrictor with half digested sheep. … Continue reading

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Overheated

Did we really ever look at weather forecasts? It is that time of eternal sunshine again. And a cloud of Smug hangs over Islamlar. We mountain dudes look down on the sultry heat of the coast from our breeze ruffled … Continue reading

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Turkish attempted coup; latest

In a bizarre twist it appears that the mastermind behind the latest attempt to wrench power away from President Tayyıp Erdoğan and the AK party he leads was a long haired white Turkish Angora cat with sinister eyes. Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Bella Italia and Other Stuff

Under the Second Amendment the American Constitution granted all citizens the right to bear arms. Under the Magna Carta all free English men were granted “the right to justice and a free trial”. And somewhere in their founding statutes all … Continue reading

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Spring

  April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.   T. S. Eliot should have spent April in Islamlar, although the Waste Land might not have had such a … Continue reading

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The Best of Times the Worst of Times

Whoever said “Writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair”, pretty much got it right. I can always find something else to do: ride the bike, play the piano, chop wood, … Continue reading

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