Badbury Clump


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Photo by Lord Mayonnaise, 2012 (Bolton) 

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Ancient boundaries:

Atrebates, the Belgae,


A whiff of Arthur,

as he defended this land

from the foreigners –

those mercenaries

whom Voltigern had welcomed.

Was Mons Badonicus here?

I stumble across

some pushy Marasnius

oreades, which

rejuvenate with raindrops,

blown in from mainland Europe.

Challenged, they go underground.

They know coasts are never clear,

but invasion is a fact.

They are here for the long term.


Descent Into Limbo


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Human compulsion –

to be drawn to Vantablack;

to plumb abysses

of consciousness, as the man

who plunged down a hole,

painted by Anish Kapoor.

Should artists foresee

some will interpret the world

so two-dimensionally?

Lost in abstraction,

this viewer interacted;

tested his viewpoint.

Curiosity leads to

empirical challenges.





William Morris’ Medlars


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Straight from his garden at Kelmscott and soon to be preserved.

The quinces will be jelly and the medlars look lovely on my Isis

ceramics blue and white charger on a Morris tablecloth.