Lasting effects?

Even taking current local and global issues into consideration, I am incredibly fortunate right now. I get to relax. I get to choose when I get up, when I concentrate and when (and to what) I give my attention. This situation is new and pretty unnerving to me. Initially my break with the rat race…

Not a prediction…

We have been watched a huge number of documentaries recently, which I’m sure will result in some sort of blog post soon enough, but last night’s fare has a connection to something I read this morning. Some background: I no longer read the news on ‘proper’ news sites…it’s too depressing and I VERY soon realised…

A mixed bag

My renewed reading is still in full swing, for which I am incredibly grateful, and it felt like time to regale the Internet with more of my opinions, for which I’m sure you’re all incredibly grateful too. I had mixed results from the books I chose to read, hence the title, so these aren’t in…

Back in the saddle

I was reasonably sure that one day I would be able to read fiction again, even after the pandemic and the end of a 20 year career had sucked all the enjoyment of reading from my brain. I imagined that it would be a little like starting to ride a bike again after a couple…

Nourish yourself first

A couple of days ago I heard a great snippet of information. Apparently, when the band 10cc made their track ‘I’m not in love’, they didn’t know what an enormous hit it would be, but they did realise that they had made a pretty great song. So they used to lie on the floor, in…

How it begins

Happy New Year…if you’re into that sort of thing. I am usually not, in fact I would love for it to be just another turn of the calendar, so that we can be rid of the self-defeating notion that by simply wishing to be better, healthier, slimmer, more well read and/or having climbed more mountains,…

Merry Whatever

Christmas morning 2020: line delivered by my Partner In Crime upon delving into one of my gifts, a copy of English Pastoral – an inheritance by James Rebanks. “Well. Ok. It just took until the second sentence for the word Shit to appear”. I expect the book to be fantastic, but the quote sums up…

Charity begins wherever you want it to.

Many years ago I read an article, you know the sort, the ones that you wish you had bookmarked because now you can’t find them again? In this article someone was setting up a charity, I forget what it was fighting for or against, but she had a very definite outcome in mind. So much…

Comfort watching

As these weird months have dragged by and I am still unable to read any fiction (which I have become worryingly blasé about) it has been easier to find distraction and entertainment via TV watching. Normally I avoid watching the telly. I haven’t actually watched any live telly for several years, mostly because I really,…