Jottings from the Editors Desk

I have been told one should always start off with an unusual word, so my prolegomena is to explain that an unusual word flatters ones readers, in that it assumes they instantly comprehend it without recourse to a dictionary, and gives, in this case, an illusion of scholarship to the editor (totally untrue I hasten [...]

O Beloved Kids Report Report on June meeting

The meeting was chaired by David Watts, ably supported by Susannah Fullerton. The fact that the current book was a reissue of an earlier volume published in 1983 was emphasised when one of our members produced a copy of the first printing at the meeting. RK’s family background and upbringing were discussed in an endeavour [...]

KIM by Heleanor Feltham – Report on our August meeting

Until we heard Heleanor talk we had not fully realised how cognizant she was on not only Kipling and Kim but also on the political structure of RK’s time in India, and the importance of the ancient trade routes. There was a famous quotation , an American intelligence officer in 1943 was asking if the [...]

The Recessional

God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far-flung battle-line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine- Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget! The tumult and the shouting dies; The Captains and the Kings depart: Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, An humble [...]