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7th December 2013

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Dublin walk

It seemed at one point that the sun might break through — there was a concentration of lemony light in the southern sky, then a sun shaft beamed down, an escape hatch to a better world — I stopped to watch, pinning my hopes on it, placing bets with the Devil. But the clouds steamrolled in and suppressed it, a crushed rebellion. The sunrays were hauled off and shot. The street became flat and oppressive once more as the sky darkened to silver, steel, and finally iron. I started on my rounds again.

Claire Kilroy, All Names Have Been Changed (2009)

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9th November 2013

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The quiet knife of this fact

Behind the clouds, in the south, a clear patch was growing larger, and pretty soon emptiness would have the sky. That was the way, a dream of days followed by emptiness, the huge water turning over the grains of sand, neither one knowing which was big and which was small. Mr. Cheung was uneasy and sad. He would have to die, and the quiet knife of this fact wasn’t dissuaded by the interplay of milkiness and inkiness in the textures of the Atlantic under these clouds of October, or by his prayers, best wishes, or sorrow. His mood swelled and the action of the wind over the beach seemed full of power.

Denis Johnson, Fiskadoro

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12th January 2013

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Wild dog pups meet the sun

Havoc’s pups were growing up fast. When first they had emerged into the daylight they had been frightened of almost everything that moved and quick to retreat to the safety of the den as soon as they sensed anything unfamiliar was approaching.

One morning we watched as they peeped very cautiously over the edge of their den, staring towards the bright orb that gradually appeared over the rim of their world. As more of the sun appeared, the pups bobbed down, only to appear again as more and more light flooded the plains. The same evening, when some clouds had drifted slowly past the huge red globe of the setting sun, the pups stared with amazed looks and ducked back into their den. Soon a whole succession of small black heads reappeared, one after the other, still staring towards the clouds.

Hugo van Lawick, Solo: The Story of an African Wild Dog

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9th July 2012

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Boreen /’boːriːn/ from Irish bóıthrín ‘country lane’, literally ‘little road’: bóthar ‘road’ + -ín, diminutive suffix.
On a walk in County Galway, Ireland

Boreen /’boːriːn/ from Irish bóıthrín ‘country lane’, literally ‘little road’: bóthar ‘road’ + -ín, diminutive suffix.

On a walk in County Galway, Ireland

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