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2018-03-17 :: Richard Shepherd // Berkhamsted
Vanishing Men

The rifle range on Berkhamsted Common: A journey with maps.

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Berkhamsted Rifle Range, May 2017, author for scale.

 

For a couple of years now I have helped my father, Brian Shepherd, lead a walk for the Graham Greene Festival. The walk tracks the Berkhamsted author over the common of his childhood and teases out references from Greene’s autobiographical writing and his fiction especially his later novel, The Human Factor (1978), which is partly set in Berkhamsted.

At one point in the walk we climb on to an earth mound and, after reading the appropriate GG reference, tell the … more ...

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2017-03-27 :: Richard Shepherd // Country Diary
Spring from the Bunker

Oddly enough I had switched off the Today program on Wednesday morning (22 March). I only ever listen to five minutes whilst I’m making porridge so it has to be pretty bad for me to hit the off button early. I objected to the casual Moslem-bating tone of someone taking the piss out of the idea of virgins in heaven. I wondered what Christians do up there all day long. I couldn’t quite imagine them listening to the Today program. Shopping, probably, eating perhaps. I will never know, sadly.

The Thames at Kew

The Thames at Kew

My mid week walks have been shoehorned … more ...

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