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Word from Wormingford

by Ronald Blythe

Posted: 01 Aug 2014 @ 12:08

Ronald Blythe always wanted to be alone - and now, in a way, he is

WHEN, giving a hostage to fortune, I recklessly announce that I do not take holidays, meaning that I don't have a fortnight in Spain, or Felixstowe, the reply is: "But your life is all holiday!" So much for the years at the desk.

This country was all holy days until the Reformation, after which you were lucky to get time off for Christmas. Bank Holidays began in 1871, when banks were closed for one day a year. In Thomas Hardy's novels, you got a day off only if some minor mishap - ...

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