Daily Archives: May 13, 2007

Dover, Sunday: girls, champers and guns

“When the King’s messenger came there, they gave 3d in winter and 2d in summer for horse passage. The burgesses found a steersman and 1 other assistant. If there was more labour it was hired with his own money.” From … Continue reading

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Dover and Writers

“We must love one another or die.” The poet W.H. Auden has been a source of comfort for many years. I discovered him at school, wrote my dissertation about him at University, and have returned to his works, poetry and … Continue reading

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“Oh reason not the need.”

In 1603, another plague year in London, William Shakespeare took his players on a tour. The Chamberlain’s men visited Bath, Rochester and came here, to Dover. Was this the time that he wrote, or at least visualized, King Lear? That … Continue reading

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Where ignorant armies clash by night

…really neither joy, nor love, nor lightNor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain If you are standing on the deck of a cross channel ferry headed for France and looking back to land then I reckon that Shakespeare takes … Continue reading

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