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Friday, June 13, 2014

Richard III, Leicester,old friends, burials & books

I left my hometown of Leicester over 45 years ago.


I married and moved to Jerusalem with my husband and family.

But although I no longer live in Leicester, I can never totally leave the city as my parents are  buried there. 

While in Leicester on a visit we decided to drive round and see some of our old schoolsDSC03188

and past homesDSC03192

Not to mention the site of my first job as a journalist –
OK I admit it I exaggerate. It was a school holiday job and I was more a gofer than a writer – but the bug was already planted and never gave up.

About six years ago I reconnected again when an old school friend Rosalind Adam  contacted me to see if I would contribute to a book she was compiling of memories of   post-war Leicester through to 1960.

So having returned to Leicester many times in the past few years both literally and psychologically, it wasn’t surprising that I found myself glued to the news media when the story broke about ‘the body in the car park’ . Could it really be the body of that much hated/ much maligned King Richard III?

And when it was proved to be the body of the old King, the question then was – where should he be finally laid to rest?

Again I found myself rooting for Leicester to be the designated burial site.The High Court finally agreed that he should indeed be buried there, as  he had been killed in battle in nearby Bosworth and had been ‘temporarily’  buried beneath the city for several hundred years.

And now for the full circle …..who was commissioned  to write a children’s book on the  history of Richard III?
 None other than my old friend Rosalind whose book will be out in a few week’s time.
Good luck with the book Ros – I’m sure it’ll be a tremendous success.

Thursday, June 5, 2014


The days are longer, the weather’s warmer, the sea and sands beckon.
If you live in the present, then this is where your thoughts are.
Netanya beach and Rishonim  promenade
But what if you’re a writer? Writer’s can rarely enjoy the luxury of living in the present. We always have to be a few months ahead.

In fact right now I’m thinking of Autumn subjects such as Back to school ( and the vacation hasn’t even started yet!!) and Rosh Hashanah ( The Jewish New Year)

Caesare fisherman Ann Goldberg
But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I never get to enjoy the summer sun. It just means that when you’re all shivering in the winter…….



I’m writing about the sea, sun and the sands
Jaffa - leaving the coastline behind
and while you’re eating your apple and honey

rosh hashanah 2
I’m already writing about Pesachimage