Home Life During a Pandemic

How are you doing? Aside from all the very big questions about whether you’ve got a home anyway, and sufficient income to keep you and it together for we don’t know how long, how are you doing? Also assuming you and whoever might be locked down with you are well, what’s life like for you […]

Ordinary Magic: And how to do it

I’ve been learning how to do magic for the last few days. Not tricks you understand, but ordinary magic. By which I mean magic without hidden pockets, distractions, annoying patter or rabbits being pulled out of top hats. The sort of magic we can all do without years of training and mainly by believing we […]

Other Things We've Survived: Reflections from an allotment

As the ‘just in time’ supply system of the major supermarkets, together with a mass change in shopping habits, has left empty spaces on supermarket shelves lately, there’s been a good deal of ‘so you think this is bad’ talk from those of a certain age on social media. Like a Monty Python sketch but […]

Walking to Work: now work's not the main priority

My PhD work is about utopia and its related concepts. One of which, a dystopian time of unknown duration has now begun, and so can’t go without mention here in what might well end up being field notes for an eventual thesis. Written from within what might turn out to be the long now of […]

Just Breathe and the Springtime Will Arrive Anyway

Just breathe and the springtime will arrive anyway.This is difficult, though the light is growing now,To not shake your hand when we meet,Or wrap our arms around each other, let alone kiss.In a land without leaders or steady advice. But we’ve made our own way before, And we will do again, won’t we?’Together Alone’ like […]

Thinking of Other People

As I get older I worry sometimes about turning into a small-minded self-obsessed miserable old git, who moans all the time about the good old days and picks fault with everything around him. I’ve seen it happen and thought it might be happening to me when, a few weeks ago, I started taking photographs of […]