Primroses: lore and life

Every year, the progression of flowers marks the coming of spring: the first tentative growth of light brings up the snowdrops, then the celandine and daffodils and coltsfoot. But the flowers which truly mean spring to me are primroses. Primrose lore The place of the primrose (Primula vulgaris) in British folklore is small, and some …

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Ursula le Guin: 21st October, 1929 – 22nd January, 2018

24th January, 2018 Dear Ursula I’ve been meaning to write this letter to you for a long time — years, in fact. This morning, I found out that I am too late: you are dead.  It’s not a surprise; you were eighty-eight years old, and you had been experiencing poor health for some time. Yet …

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My grandfather’s story

My grandfather, Władislaw Zbegniew Prędota, was born in the tiny village of Bilcza, in southern Poland, on 18th October, 1921. He didn’t complete school, but did join the Aviation School in Bydgoszcz in his teens. It was during a leave of absence for sickness that German forces invaded Poland. What comes next is an incredible …

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