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Hariharan Balakrishnan writes enthusiastically about a poem by John Waddingtton-Feather.
Hariharan Balakrishnan found himself in enthusiastic agreement with an article written by Val Yule on built-in obsolescence.
Wendy Ogbourne sympathised with a poem by Tina Trivett about fibromyalgia.
An article presented by Lisa DeMarco moved Hariharan Balkrishnan to tears.
Robert Padgett informs us that the principle theme of Elgar's Enigma Variations has been discovered.
Janet Hill from Sydney praises Lusia Przybyszewicz's beautiful and moving book.
Hariharan Balakrishnan was enchanted by a Brian Lockett story.
June Rendle, who lives in Spain, was in agreement with an article by Brian Lockett on writing for women's magazines.
Kay Haywood from Devon was delighted by a poem quoted by Eileen Perrin in her endearing autobiography. Kay has a question for our readers.
Mike Coatesworth, who provided so many vigorous and enjoyable articles to Open Writing, (they appear under the title Bradford Lad) is fighting back after serious illness.
Mike has been a fighter all his life. He gives details of that life in his autobiography.
Peter Holman Smith from Ocean Shores, USA, found his memoires were stirred by an episode from Robert Owen's autobiography.
A chapter in Robert Owen's autobiuography reminded Stewart Thompson of footballing days in South Shields.
Arlene from New Jersey associated with an article by Dona Gibbs.
Reuben B Reynolds from Enderby, Leicestershire, was interested in an article by Joan Sutcliffe about the Band of Hope.
Danny L Almond of Albermarle, North Carolian, associated with an article by Pamy Blaine about old-time brush arbor meetings.
Lyn and Martin Doherty have written songs about Di Moore's bushranger grandmother Jessie Hickman.
Commenting on an article by Eric Shackle, Denis Garvan from Sydney, Australia, draws our attention to a record-breaking cricket ball thrower.
Pamela from London says she realises how damaged she was in childhood by being raised according to the advice of Dr Truby King, a New Zealander who believed and taught that babies should be treated and reared on the same strict regime that worked with farm animals, calves in particular.
Anna Barratt from Blackpool, Lancashire, prompted by an episode of Robert Owen's autobiography, seeks information on where a her great, great grandfather, a Master Mariner, died when his shop foundered.
eRory from the UK associated with and article by Isabel Bradley on the South African artist Barry Barrett.
Lynn Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, associated with an article by Dona Gibbs concerning Shelley-Marks, a tiny jewel box of a perfume shop in Manhattan.
One of our readers wonders if anyone remembers a musical joke?
John Watson from Bridgetown, Western Australia, cimments on an article by Marsh Kaminsky entitled Education Begins In The Womb.
An article by Joan Sutcliffe brought back memories of the Band of Hope for Moira Solis (nee Taylor) from Surrey, B.C, Canada.
Alan Markland from Wigan
Alan Markland from Wigan was prompted by an article by Ellen Warner into recalling a night when singer Ruby Murray break down in tears on stage.
Barbara Durlacher of Johannesburg was impressed by William Ruleman's review of the play Edward by John Waddington-Feather.
The play appeared scene by scene in Open Writing. Click on
Michael Poxon from Norwich, UK, prompted by an arfticle by Val Yule, reveals the huge influence that Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopedia has had on his life.
Dorothy E Woodhead Duffy from Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, enjoyed an article by Peter Hinchliffe which featured Joseph Woodhead, founder of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
The memories of Susannah Sprague from Portland, Maine, USA, were stirred by Paul Serotsky's article concerning composer and musician Harry Partch.
Alice Dean of Harrogate was impressed by a Jacqueline Finesilver on Dan Leno, one of the old-time music hall greats.
Molly Wilkie from Florida enjoyed an article by George Redmonds on the tithe barn.
Barbara Durlacher from Johannesburg enjoyed an article by columnist Sandy James who lives in New South Wales.
Susan Ives from San Antonio, Texas, associated with an article by Mike Shaw about the late Pat Duffy, university lecturer and former Member of Parliament, representing the Colne Valley consiituency.
Michael Hovard from Gloucestershire wants to contact surviving members of the crews of HMS Warwick and HMS Venetia.
An article by Val Yule about Arthur Mee and his Children's Encyclopedia brought back joyous memories for Pam Royle of London.
Brian Barratt from Mount Waverley in sunny Melbourne enjoyed an article by Sandy James which took readers on a lexicological journey.
Bob Warren from Palatine, Illinois, USA, associated with an article by Eric Shackle about Guinea Gold, a wartime publication.
Andrew Sykes from Hanging Heaton, Dewsbury, has a link with a village blacksmith featured in a story by Peter Hinchliffe.
An article by Violet Apted reminded Iris Fisher of Bearsted, Kent, of grim World War Two days.
Ken Matthews from Seaton, Devon, was reminded of a particular Newcastle United game when reading a chapter in Geordie all-rounder Malcolm Scott's autobiography.
Barbara Durlacher enjoyed a word picture painted by John Merchant of a Florida beach scene.
An article about an old song, Swing Me In The Moonlight, brought back memories for Adele Lauderdale of Washington, Tyne and Wear.
Mary from Australia associated with an article by Sally Jenkins. Sally wrote "Over the last few months I’ve been submitting stuff into a big black hole with every editor ignoring me. However, patience and perseverance has paid off and in the last couple of weeks I’ve had a handful of positive responses.''
An article by Ellen Warner on Bolton's Grand Theatre sparked family memories for Peter Smith.
An article by Ans Redelaar-Seinen about the harsh realities of wartime in Amsterdam was of particular interest to Nicole van der Steen who lives in that city.
Thea Vedor from Portugal was moved by an article by Isabel Bradley about a man who flouted South Africa's former apartheid laws.
Michael Hanzuk associated with Betty McKay's account of standing up to school bullies.
Donita Gill tells of her family link with Horrie the war dog, featured in a recent column by journalist Eric Shackle.
Sandra Mills from Sydney enjoyed an article by Eric Shackle concerning halcyon newspaper days.
Leigh Laycock 0f Batley Carr, West Yorkshire, has been prompted into action after reading an article by journalist Stan Solomons concerning a woman who believed in the surative properties of orange juice.
Mary from Australia was delighted by one of Enid Blackburn's columns in Open Writing.
An article by Henry Jackson prompted June Wellsman from Bow, London, to recall her school days.
Open Writing columnist Liz Thompson (Cynthia) vouches for the authenticity of an Australian love poem presented by sister columnist Sandy James.
Nicki de Hoog from Australia was moved to respond to Paul Serotsky's article on Sibelius's Fifth Symphony.
Kelly Gerhart was deeply moved by one of Michael B Poyntz's poems.
Johanthan Crown, prompted by an article by Peter Wintersgill which appeared in Open Writing, refers us to a new Web site about his famous mother, Jennifer Vyvyan.
Click on the link to hear a glorious voice.
Kathleen Colby from Yakima, Washington, enjoyed a poem by William Burkholder which was recently published in Open Writing.
Jack Mott of Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia identified with an article by one of his relatives.
Peter Cooper from Christchurch, New Zealand, spurred on by an article by Paula Wilson on Australia's first female pirates, contributes the following fascinating information.
Gillian Leake, formerly of Batley by now living in Turkey, associated with an article by Pauline Etheridge.
Lorna Des Fountain from South Africa was tickled by one of Lisa DeMarco's jokes.
Kevin Dunbar has happy members of being in the same orchestra as Isobel Bradley on a tour to Argentina.
Roy J Peckham from Wales, prompted by a story written by Graham Whitcroft, points to short videos showing pit ponies at work.
A HAPPY 2011 TO ALL OUR WRITERS AND READERS.
And here's a little reminder to start the New Year. We want your words.
Lynne from Buckinghamshire enjoyed Elizabeth Robison's words about a Welsh grandfather.
Mary from Australia identified with a story by Ellen Fisher concerning a black cat on a roof.
Hugh Mitford Raymond comments on an article by Barbara Durlacher on the Mitford family.
Kevin Shawchuck from the USA comments on Paul Serotsky's article on composer Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable.
Brian Leaver from Whalley, Lancashire, is enjoying and identifying with Ronnie Bray's account of Army days in Egypt.
Rick Freeman from Listowel, Ontario, identified with an article by Paula Wilson about May Wirth, a circus artiste who was the best bare back rider in the world.
Barbara Durlacher was delighted to hear of Mary Pilfold-Allan's new book about Britain's take-over of the island of Mauritius in the early 19th Century.
R Benz from New York was impressed by an article by Paul Serotsky about bone-conduction headphones.
Robert P Clayton from Orlando, Florida, enjoyed an article about his favourite song "I Get Along Without You Very Well''written by Tony Thornton.
Alan Edey from Dore, Sheffield, is proud to have known gallant airman Harry Stunell.
Not surprisingly a poem about the delights of Yorkshire Pudding was enjoyed by Nichola Denley of Christchurch, New Zealand. It was written by her dad!
Eight-year-old Faye from Lakewood brings us a delightful tale.
Jacqueline Finesilver found herself nodding in agreement with an article by John Merchant.
Jenny Milne Woodhead of Islington, London, was delighted to diascover an article about her great-grandfather Joseph Woodhead, the founder and first editor of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
An article by Ronnie Bray jogged John Brian Leaver's memories into new life.
An article by John Merchant entitled A Throne By Any Other Name prompted Ronnie Bray from Mesa, Arizona, to recall unsavoury scenes and smells.
An article by Ronnie Bray stirred Brian Leaver's "sleepy memory pot''.
Meryl Nickels from Mildura, Victoria, Australia identified with an article by Mary Pearl on writing courses.
Mark Weber from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, was moved by Barbara Durlacher's column to recall his jounrey of the "Magic Bus''.
Barbara Durlacher was enchanted by Isabel Bradley's imaginative story A String Of Pearls.
William Robb of Brisbane, Australia, was moved to send this appeal for information after reading a chapter from Owen Clement's autobiography.
Mary from Australia was deeply moved by Jill Grant's article which expressed love, thanks and respect to the best of men – her father.
Barbara Durlacher respons to an article by John Merchant on major weather pheomenon.
William Ball's boyhood memories were reawakened when he read Robert Owen's autobiography Two Rooms And A View.
Ronnie Bray was moved to send the following message after reading a column by John Merchant about that most private of all rooms.
A Sykes from Huddersfield brings more information after reading an article about Susannah Sunderland, the Yorkshire Queen of Song, by Peter Wintersgill.
An article by Brian Barratt about the changes which have occurred during the decades of his life revived a host of memories for Brian Leaver from Whalley, Lancashire,
David Hobbs from Marysville, California, was interested in Pamy Blaine's article on brush arbor meetings.
Jacqueline Finesilver was impressed by Richard Harris's article about a lady who offered the best advice on food.
Jacqueline Finesilver particularly enjoyed a chapter and poem from Betty McKay's autobiography.
Mary Hollinger of Tampa, Florida, was in sympathy with the views expressed by Pamy Blaine in an article entitled How To Be A Grandmother.
Mehmet Innonu from Istanbul was moved by a John Powell article to express his respect for Australian and New Zealand soliders,
Mark Hughes of Deganwy went Googling while watching a TV drama and found himself in Open Writing.
A mention of the word "pansion'' in an artiucle by John Merchant about his mother's pantry attracted the attention of Janet Hirst from Yorkshire
Writer and musician Isabel Bradley of Johannesburg found herself in agreement with an article on motherhood by Mary Pearl.
Jim Naylor, who sent this message while touring in New South Wales, was delighted to read an article by Paula Wilson on the Sugar Bird Lady.
Morgan Findlay from Scotland and India enjoyed Val Yule's article on Arthur Mee's The Children's Encyclopaedia.
Jean Frickel from Chester has personal reasons to be keenly interested in Marie Campbell's wonderful story about her mother, Olga, who travelled from Jamaica to seek a new life in England.
For details of Marie's book Olga's Daughter please click on www.olgasdaughter.wordpress.com
Maragaret Parton in Calgary enjoyed an article about shooldays by Margaret Parton of Huddersfield.
Tins Stynes, writing from Dublin expresses her appreciation of a poem presented by Linda Jane Robertson.
Mrs Vivien Hirst's childhood memories had a special significance for Bob Baggaley of Almondbury, Huddersfield.
Whatever next? There are ladies on the bowling green.
John Brian Leaver responds to an article by Enid Blackburn.
Beryl of Lanashire expresses a tasty appreciation of the recipes presented in Open Writing by David Craven.
...I was in the forrard mess which was continually filled with ice cold water to a depth of about 5 inches. As a sparker I had to wear seaboots below decks and in the wireless office seaboots and stockings a white roll-neck jumper and my comforter around my ears under the earphones...
A chapter from Robert Owen's autobiography Two Rooms And A View stirred up memories for Denis Glassett from East Sussex,
Message by Keith Roelofse from East London
Bronwyn from South Africa. prompted by an article by Marsh Kaminsky, tells how she taught her daughter, then aged one, to read.
Margaret Parton in Canada associated herself with an account of school days written by Margaret Parton of Huddersfield.
Jacqueline Finesilver thoroughly enjoyed an article written by Enid Blackburn describing a canal "voyage''.
Lynda Simspon (nee Eaton/Lawrence) from Central Tilba, Australia, found that her childhood memories of England were reawakened when she read an article by Joyce Nicholas.
Mary from Melbourne e-mail's us to express her delight in reading Pamy Blaine's "gentle and funny'' articles.
Bill from St Paul, Minnesota, recalls different words to an old song. He learned them from his father who died in 1945.
Peter Dawson of Cambridge identified with a article by Ken Holmes about the sinking of H.M.S. Warwick.
Leslie Davies was moved by Ronnie Bray's lament for the passing of variety theatre in Britain.
"Wonderful, marvelous, awesome are the Jewish people,'' says Vickie of Canada, commenting on an article by Stan Solomons.
Barbara Durlacher enjoyed a column by Enid Blackburn which gave a jaundiced view of narrow boating.
Amie Evans, who is studying in school the early days of coal mining, was horrified to learn that children under the age of 10 worked in British coal mines.
Annette Renee White from Northern California found herself in complete agreement with a poem by Alison Ross. Alison declared that there were things she wanted to do before she kicked the bucket.
Jack Merewood's account of sailing on the Empire Pride while serving as a soldier during World War Two brought back memories for Donald Bayley of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
A wry rhyme written by Ron Pataky reminded John Kilburn, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, of a Thomas Hardy quatrain.
Pauline Peters from Aldridge, West Midlands, was interested to read an account by Ken Holmes of the sinking of H.M.S. Warwick.
Brian J Wilkinson from Bloomington, Illinois, USA had a personal reason for enjoying an article by Mike Shaw.
Ian Angus from Durban, South Africa, was impressed by Margaret Dunn's article on knowing one's true identity.
An article by Mike Wood prompted Sandra Oosthuizen from McGregor,Western Cape, South Africa, to write about her own peaceful corner of heaven.
Meryl Nickels from Mildura, Victoria, Ausralia found that she could relate to an article by Veronica Grainger who wrote about her time in the Land Army in England in 1940.
A column in Open Writing by Glen Taylor revived memories for Liz Carmichael from Toronto. Canada, of childhood caravanning holidays.
The memory of David Green, who lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Candada, was prompted by an article by Stan Solomons about Charlie Chester.
William Kellog joins in Tony Thornton's enthusiasm for the classic Broadway love song All The Things You Are.
Mike Roberts from Formby, Merseyside, is in agreement with columnist Elizabeth Robison when she uses the word "Taid'' for grandfather.
Marsha Gilbert of Portland, Oregon, prompted by an article in Open Writing, sends the following message.
Hilary Horner from Surrey was moved by a story written by Sandy James.
Eileen Brown was deeply moved by a section of Robert Owen's autobiography in which he described being evacuated as a child to Cumbria during the war.
An article on National Service brought back memories for V.B, who sent an e-mail from the West Midlands.
An article by columnist Isabel Bradley http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2009/08/music_to_warm_t_1.php brought the following response from Osamy Okumura, president of the Arpeggione Society, Japan.
Sheila Babbs of Bedfordshire England enjoyed an article by Andrea Roberts on holiday planning.
Sue Moore (nee Grehan) of Sydney, Australia, would like to hear from her former school friends.
Elizabeth Hutchings from Freshwater Bay Isle of Wight was delighted by an article concerning the 200th anivversary of the birth of poet Alfed, Lord Tennyson written by journalist and Open Writing contributor Eric Shackle.
Ilse Erber has had a surpise contact from a medical historian in Switzerland.
Graham Borradaile from Canada is seeking information of a school trip to the Baltic in the early 1960s.
Celia Douthwaite recalls the first time she met Arnold Kellett, Yorkshire dialect expert and the author of a number of books.
Arnold's Yorkshire dialect version of the Gospels, Ee By Gum Lord!, appears in Open Writing, as does his Christmas poems under the title Christmas Every Week.
Here is an article by Matvey Troitsky about William Burkholder which appeared in the Detroit Poetry Examiner.
We are delighted to bring you one of Bill's poems every Friday in Open Writing.
Jacqueline from Hertfordshire found that her mouth was watering after reading an article on Meditteranean food by Barbara Durlacher.
David Terrasidius was inspired by a co9lumn in Open writing to suggest that we should break into impromptu song in the streets.
HERE'S WISHING A HAPPY AND CREATIVE 2008 TO ALL OPEN WRITING CONTRIBUTORS AND READERS.
A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR OPEN WRITING AUTHORS AND READERS
HAPPY CHISTMAS TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS AND READERS.
From Peter Hinchliffe and Paul Chan.
Since Open Writing began in January, 2004, we have managed to do without an About.
Most Web sites have an About Us section. When we were born, 23 months ago, I thought we didn't need one. Our writers are given the freedom to speak for themselves - and they take full advantage of that freedom, in prose and poetry. As of today, there are millions of readable and enjoyable words in our archives - more than 2,200 items. And more are added daily, 365 days a year.
Why add an About to an already-rich literary cake which really needs no icing?
Well, new writers are constantly joining our team. We want to introduce them to you. Writers who are already loyal Open Writing contributors branch out in new directions. We want to whet your appetites by telling you what to expect from them.
We also want to include comments from readers, and draw attention to worthwhile material in our archives which you may overlook.
All this will be done under the title About Our Words.
And the first news in this column is about a new offering from an OW stalwart, Ronnie Bray, who brings us a weekly Letter From America, which is posted every Saturday. His weekly Letters will continue to entertain, move and delight us. But commencing next Tuesday, we will also serialise chapters from Ronnie's autobiography, A Shout From The Attic. You're in for a treat!
Here's an article I wrote for a local newspaper about Ronnie's astonishingly crowded life.
Peter Hinchliffe, Editor