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I started posting to jtns on 20 February 2010 with just one word, 'Mosaic'. This seemed an appropriate introduction to a blog that would juxtapose fragments of memoir and life-writing. Since 1996, I'd been coming to terms with the consequences of emotional and economic abuse that had begun in childhood, and which, amongst other things, had sought to stifle self-expression. While I'd explored some aspects of my life through fiction and, to a lesser extent, journalism, it was only in 2010 that I felt confident enough to write openly about myself. I believed this was an important part of the healing process. Yet within weeks, the final scenes of my family's fifty-year nightmare started to play themselves out and the purpose of the blog became one of survival through writing. Although some posts are about my family's suffering - most explicitly, Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story - the majority are about happier subjects (including, Bampton in rural west Oxfordshire, where I live, Oxford, where I work, the seasons and the countryside, walking and cycling) and I hope that these, together with their accompanying photos, are enjoyable and positive. Note: In February 2020, on jtns' tenth birthday, I stopped posting to this blog. It is now a contained work of life-writing about ten years of my life. Frank, 21 February 2020.

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Sunday 9 March 2014


Great day at Twickenham watching England v Wales (29/18).

Amazing weather - big contrast to England-France more-or-less this time last year when freezing wind scythed the stadium.

The fast-moving first half, teams alternately scoring points, gave way (after, on our part, stilton, dried apricots and tea) to more tactical, less decisive play in the second.

I think it's fair to say that England dominated throughout, though Wales were often spirited.

Bril! Thanks to V and M for inviting us!

See, www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-2576270/LIVE-SIX-NATIONS-England-vs-Wales-Follow-action-happens-Twickenham-updates-World-Cup-winning-coach-Sir-Clive-Woodward.html
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