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It’s All Greek to Me! by John Mole

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New beginnings

It was a time for new beginnings. Fresh green fields were stippled with colour and every cranny in paths and walls big enough for a thimble of earth held a flower. There were rustlings and slitherings, the whip of a tail and the scuttling dart of green, as snakes and lizards came out with the flowers from the underworld. The wind was from the south, not yet tasting of desert and suffocating with ancient dust, but warm and kind. It would soon bring birds, fattened on the fruit of Africa. Men were cleaning guns and laying in tiny shot for songsters instead of the heavier stuff they used on winter game.

The face I had seen in the buddleia when I was digging out the dung was no satyr. After a few days, Dionysos plucked up the courage ...

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