This week’s creative theme is “changes.” I have put some ramblings on the subject of art reflecting massive societal change on a PDF but small or personal changes is just as good a subject for writing – probably better in 99.9% of the time – so feel free to ignore it and get on with writing about changes that impact on you.

Oh, and a special thanks to Dave Alldred for reminding me how much I love The Fighting Temeraire.



Click to access changes.pdf


3 thoughts on “Changes

  1. The postman brought a letter,
    From the government it came ,
    No more Shielding, and you are free,
    I couldn’t believe it oh yippee,
    What to do first would be a dilemma , bit
    I have so much waiting where do I start,
    Do I go see my children or grandchildren.

    I have missed them So much,
    Shaz is in Ingies she is at work,
    Making coronation sandwiches oh yummy,
    I have missed fresh air getting into my lungs,
    And a nice burger supper going into my tum,
    But now things are back i am raring to go,
    To my writers club and see my friends,
    Changes are coming sooner than you think,
    I miss all the guys from the class,

    It takes me out of the norm for a while in, My head
    And it also means I get out of my bed,
    I am doing ok guys I want you to know,
    I’m going to be strong and i will,
    And will see you all at the writers club as that will be back before we know it,
    So I will see you all there take care xx

    Donna Keenan

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  2. Changes

    From 1795 to 1918 Poland was split between
    Germany Austria and Russia
    My grandmother was counted as German
    She had to speak German in school
    My grandfather was conscripted into the German army
    And served in the Medical Corps

    My other grandmother was in the Austrian partition
    Apparently fairly benign and allowed to keep their own language
    The history of that period is fairly complicated
    I invite interested readers to go to Wikipedia

    Poland regained its independence at the end of the first world war in 1918
    My father was born in 1915
    He was brought up speaking Polish
    He joined the Polish army in 1938 and was
    Subsequently taken by the Russians as a prisoner of war
    My mother was deported with her family to Siberia by the Russians
    A new Polish Army was formed when Stalin changed sides
    My mother managed to join this army as a nurse
    And the war carried on against the Germans

    After the Germans were defeated
    Another partition took place
    Poland was moved geographically west into former German terrain
    And a puppet government established as part of the Soviet communist block

    As displaced refugees we were resettled in Britain eventually in Manchester
    Where I went to school unitil I was eighteen
    The rest of my mother’s family was relocated to a former German farm
    My parents sent food and clothes parcels to our families in Poland
    Where there were huge shortages
    They were unable to go back or visit

    Eventually the situation eased and
    My mother visited our families with my eleven year brother
    With heavy cases full of needed clothes and supplies
    Later my mother visited again with my sister

    My father got naturalized and we both became
    British citizens the day before my twenty first birthday
    The following year we went as a family to Poland and
    Met all our many relatives
    I met my grandmothers for the first time

    We went by ferry and by train
    I remember crossing Berlin East and West
    Seeing the machine guns on the bridge over the train track
    Pointing at the train in case anyone tried to escape
    This was long before the Berlin wall came down

    Gradually we were able to invite family members
    To come and visit us in England

    Later Solidarity was formed and
    Eventually Poland became independent again
    The modern Polish state,
    The Third Polish Republic was founded in 1989.
    Today it is part of the European Union



    By Mairi Cable

    The main change that came into my life was having Sarah. I went from being a slim eight and a half stone girl to a twelve stone woman. But there was even more shocks from that. I found being responsible for another human being a big responsibility. Up until then I was mainly responsible for myself and my life centred around myself with no interruptions. When I had Sarah I had to put someone else before myself and I was a self-centred person, it was quite difficult to get used to. From birth I breastfed her for three months and that wasn’t easy. Then there was weaning and cooking and that was hard. I sometimes wonder how I managed.
    When Sarah was one year and four months my mother and father were down in Edinburgh with the car and persuaded me to come home as I was on my own. I finally agreed to come home with them. I went to live with them at first and that was easier for me as I didn’t have to cook. My mother did that. My father looked after Sarah as well as myself. He took her out in the car first thing to test it for the day He took her to the swing park at the top of Stewart Drive. My mother gave us a main meal in the middle of the day and a tea at tea timeso Sarah was well fed. In November in 1987 I got my own house and that was another change to get adjusted to.


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