Out of the blue, I’m struck by something funny or odd. Or I have a flash of understanding, a sudden emotion, a glimpse into the hidden or unconscious world. These transient moments are happening all the time, and they encapsulate something, but if I don’t give them attention, if I don’t make a note, they’re gone, and I forget. A few scribbled words on a scrap of paper – that’s enough to bring a moment back, and then I can write about it.

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Beach walk

My young daughter and her best friend were on a residential pottery course in north Lancashire. One evening we visited the coast just south of Morecombe Bay and I had a clear-thinking moment.

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