Tag Archives: Bill Hartley

Cattle and Copper

  Cattle and Copper, by “Wild” Bill Hartley The owner of Rancho Mirago advised us against parking on the grass. This was nothing to do with a gardener’s pride, since the grass was brown and withered by the high temperatures … Continue reading

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Wharf Factor

Wharf Factor  By Bill Hartley, back on the waterfront For those of a certain age, the term ‘worker’s cooperative’ summons up memories of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, where the late Tony Benn attempted to resuscitate failing industries. Such organisations also exist … Continue reading

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Is Anybody Out There?

Is Anybody Out There? by Bill Hartley It’s not uncommon for churches to be turned over to new uses, selling, for example, anything from carpets to bathroom fittings. Often they were built to serve a population crowded into streets of … Continue reading

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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage William Hartley mourns inconsistency Extracts from John Watson’s Journal, April 19th/20th 1771; “This morning about seven o’ clock I set forward with Thomas Dodds in order to take four of the deserted men which (by information) now … Continue reading

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Evening All

Evening All  Bill Hartley considers coercive control                                                            A hairdresser in a … Continue reading

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Killing Time

Killing Time Bill Hartley, on the weird world of the “Shut In” Travelling at 49 mph on the bypass (it’s always 49 mph), the Skoda Yeti is heading for the supermarket. This is the vehicle of choice for a certain … Continue reading

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Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters by Bill Hartley Periodically the question of divorce reform features in the media. The last serious attempt to bring about change was by John Major’s government which apparently ignored what students of constitutional law are taught: that no … Continue reading

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The Village Murderer

The Village Murderer by Bill Hartley There has been a great deal of coverage in the press of late about a decision by the Parole Board to grant early release to a notorious sex offender. The Board has the thankless … Continue reading

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They’re Rough

They’re Rough Hartley’s heroes, hangin’ tough Ranald Mackenzie (1840-89) was a general in the United States Army. His name is little known outside military history circles, unlike his contemporary, the hapless and incompetent General Custer. Despite losing his life and … Continue reading

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The Larger the Load

  The Larger the Load    Bill Hartley weighs anchor The Germans had agreed to dispose of the depth charge, which was decent of them since it had originally been dropped by the Royal Navy. The floor of the Baltic … Continue reading

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