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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.

Hoarding: Muriel Spark

I am a hoarder of two things: documents and trusted friends. Muriel Spark 1918- 2006 Curriculum Vitae (1992) I knew I hoarded trusted friends but one of the things you discover when you move house is how many scraps of … Continue reading

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Professionals and Amateurs: James Agate

A professional is a man who can do his job when he doesn’t feel like it. An amateur is a man who can’t do his job when he does feel like it. James Agate 1877-1947 Diary 16 July 1945

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Vesti La Giubba: Luciano Pavarotti

Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio, To recite! While taken with delirium, non so più quel che dico, I no longer know what it is that I say, e quel che faccio! or what it is that I am doing! Eppur … Continue reading

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In The Fields: Charlotte Mary Mew

Lord when I look at lovely things which pass, Under old trees the shadow of young leaves Dancing to please the wind along the grass, Or the gold stillness of the August sun on the August sheaves; Can I believe … Continue reading

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Imagination And Reality: Czech Proverb

He who looks only at heaven may easily break his nose on earth. Czech Proverb Hence the famous pairing of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza – every absent-minded scientist needs a grounded partner, like Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, yin … Continue reading

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The Dangers Of Political Gossip: William Hazlitt

Those who cannot miss an opportunity of saying a good thing…are not to be trusted with the management of any great question. William Hazlitt 1778-1830 Characteristics (1823) I think most political leaders instinctively know this. Gore Vidal could not be … Continue reading

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Bishops And Sex: The Revd Sydney Smith

How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is, ‘I will see you in the vestry after the service’. The Revd Sydney Smith 1771-1845 Memoir (1855) by Lady Holland The image is a portrait … Continue reading

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Sun Arise: Rolf Harris

Sun arise, she bring in the morning. Sun arise, bring in the morning, fluttering her skirts all around. Sun arise, she come with the dawning. Sun arise, come with the dawning, spreading all the light all around. Sun arise, on … Continue reading

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The Grandiose: Osbert Lancaster

A taste for the grandiose, like a taste for morphia, is, once it has been fully acquired, difficult to keep within bounds. Osbert Lancaster 1908-80 Home, Sweet Home (1939)

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Che Fece … Il Gran Refiuto

For some people the day comes when they have to declare the great Yes or the great No. It’s clear at once who has the Yes ready within him; and saying it, he goes from honor to honor, strong in … Continue reading

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