Martin Kirby

Martin Kirby

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I'm going into hiding

To trump (verb/slang): to pass wind. Back in the sixties this was a term in regular use among juveniles in the Kirby household following thunderous indiscretions by elderly relatives who came for Christmas.Now...

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Show the world

It is almost a century since my grandparents were stoned out of an English coastal village.They were foreigners, you understand. Not welcome by a brutal few. My late father was a baby in a pram. The family...

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MARTIN KIRBY

Notes on a hot day

A vortex of house martins, hundreds of birds, funnels down to the mirror surface of our circular bassa. Dragonflies, fish, frogs and water skaters scatter. The surface ripples with splashes as the fatigued,...

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MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

Go on – find out who you really are

Here I sit, cocooned in a mountain valley in the timeless Priorat, British-born, Catalonia-committed, alarmed by the jingoism and racism in my old country that's been stirred like mud from the bottom of...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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MARTIN KIRBY

They are legend

Drift east along our sleepy lane, away from the patchwork farms, lush gardens radiating from the village, towards the brooding pine forest and tooth of limestone that is La Mola Mountain. It is a timely...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

Chop chop whizz whizz corre corre

I confess. Once upon a distant time I was a hopeless speed freak. I used to test high performance cars for a living, flying all over the world to hurtle round racetracks, skid and slide along rally stages,...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

The truthsayers

There is the media... yes them... the circus clowns of gossip, celebrity and titillation, the puff and shallow, mindless nonsense. And then there are the journalists, local and international, who can change...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

We are family

Friends, Europeans, countrymen, lend me your ears....We are just weeks away from a “stay or leave” vote in the United Kingdom on membership of the European Union, which is a throat-parching thought....

E. F. Schumacher
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MARTIN KIRBY

Small is beautiful

The sparrow-hawk was dead before it hit the ground. In its tunnel-vision, terrain-skimming pursuit of prey it had crossed the path of breakneck, bludgeoning humanity. It had been swatted by a truck and...