memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Archive for July, 2016

Just Browsing!

When a shop opened in the little cobbled center of Cascais called «Just Browsing» I was delighted. During my first year in Portugal I’d had a few problems in shops owing to my ignorance of the Port…

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Y WORRY (Be happy)

About one hundred years ago I lived for a few years on the Estoril coast near Lisbon. I shared the upper floor of an attractive house in Estoril in one of those leafy streets just behind the Casino…

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Aunt Rachel

My memories of our aunt Rachel are somewhat blurred by time; but her spirit, her spirit lives on in me. My brother Jim, who still lives in Thurlstone, was closer to her and I couldn’t do better tha…

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The Bird of Dawning

I’m a re-reader of books. One of my favourites is The Bird of Dawning by John Masefield. It’s a yarn of the sea about the famous tea-clippers towards the end of the 19th century at the time of thei…

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The Angel of Death

… We got as far south as Ouargla that day, a white shimmering vision rising out of sand. The sky was an impossible blue but the south-east wind was oppressive, a precursor to a sirocco? I wan…

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A damsel with a dulcimer in a vision once I saw

I quickly discovered, as a new father all those years ago, the solution to the thorny problem of reading-matter for Baby’s bedtime story. With Thomas the Tank Engine Baby would have to stay alert a…

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It Beggars Belief

A bowl of soup, a glass of wine And thou beside me, Ranting in the wilderness. All the teachings of the Inspired Scriptures Are dwarfed by the immensity Of the star-crossed cosmos. Pascal’s wager n…

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After the Fall

You talk the talk but can you walk the walk? Well, the simple answer to that one is no, actually. The ambulatory skill left me abruptly (it must be oh, what, seven years ago now? yes, easily seven …

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“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1785)

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“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1785)

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