Layabout Stands Up for Granny

Both Linda and I were crying at the end, acknowledging to one another that we had both cared for our mothers during their last years. We also acknowledged that soon Joy would be us. We didn’t examine the problem of which of our grandsons would be so wise as to care for us.

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You have to love this cemetery!

Pankhurst went on speaking tours and, as attempts to win the vote failed, she and her allies staged protest marches, started breaking windows again, and were imprisoned for damaging property. She continued organizing women inside Halloway and resisted force-deeding by guards by threatening them with her water jug.

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These fossils feel forgotten

It wasn’t the rainiest nor the coldest London has had lately, but Saturday came with problems for the over-70 set, which in our case included over-80s as well.  Intrepid explorers by sheer will power and perhaps a dash of competitiveness, our English cousins P and L agreed to meet us at the Natural History Museum

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East Meets South — Kensington

 

How odd it feels to walk through the splendid ground floor exhibits of the Victoria & Albert Museum into the courtyard and see “The Eternal City” made of irregular rock slabs set on their sides around the pool, and decorated with plastic flowers. I suppose the installation by a Beijing artist qualifies as “fine

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How sick is the workplace?

Work environments have changed, an Evening Standard columnist crows, in spite of the ongoing resistance to “flexible schedules” and “open plan” design. Sarah Sands remembers that she used to have to wait outside “gigantic offices decorated with George Stubbs pictures” to talk with her boss. Now, with the freedom to tend to family needs, and

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