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Posted by Jan on 24 October 2013 | Comments

Inspired by Sarah Kay - watch her TED talk or other videos of her spoken word poetry.

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Duck, Death and the Tulip

Posted by Jan on 16 October 2013 | Comments

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Today I bought myself a picture book. Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch has drawn me in with its gentle story and original illustrations. Duck is initially startled to find that Death has been following her around 'just in case'. While Death himself means her no harm and in fact is 'really quite nice', life takes care of illness and accidents and Death will be on hand. Duck invites Death to enjoy her pond and they climb a tree where they philosophise together. Duck even offers to warm Death up. They become constant companions until the weather cools and Duck in her turn asks Death to warm her. When he sees that she has stopped breathing and is quite still, Death gently places her in the river and watches till she disappears from sight. He is almost a little moved but 'That's life, thought Death'. On the last page he is hanging out with a rabbit and a fox - his smile suggests he'll be needed there soon.

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