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Greater freedom….but why?

Greater freedom….but why?

Don't worry, I'm not about to burst into song.  But there will be a few of us who've spent the last ten weeks staring at the four walls immediately surrounding us, who will feel a tingling excitement today at the prospect of going outdoors.  As you know, from reading...

Keeping busy….

Here's something I've not been able to write much in recent times.....I've actually been quite busy this week.  I've been recording and writing 'Last Word', which is aired on Radio 4 this afternoon at 4pm (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jhp2).  You might imagine...

Close to home….

Close to home….

Reigate Hill in Surrey on Saturday.  The image you see delivers what the National Trust promises: 'a spectacular escarpment with sweeping views across the Weald'.  And so they were.  On Sunday my partner and I went a bit higher - to the top of nearby Leith Hill -...

Falling behind….

A distant childhood memory is in my mind.  I'm recovering from either mumps or chicken pox - I can't remember which - and I'm about seven or eight years old.  I've reached the point where I feel fine, but the medical advice - followed to the letter by my parents - is...

Tinkling the ivories….

I always feel slightly guilty when I make this observation.....but, at its worst, one of the things I most regretted about my arthritis was that it stopped me playing the piano.  At its worst.  I say 'slightly guilty' because the stories I read and the images conveyed...

The fear factor…

"The majority of players are scared"....so the Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, is quoted as saying on Argentinian TV at the prospect of returning to football too soon.  He and many others.  An Ipsos Mori poll is getting a lot of coverage today; more than 60%...

Keep asking questions….

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I - a broadcast journalist of more than thirty years' standing - am limiting the amount of news I consume each day.  This is not, in the most part, a reflection of the quality of the coverage.  It's a mental health thing.  If I...

Some uplifting tales….

Some uplifting tales….

The image here is proof that you should never take a screen grab from a piece of video footage and expect to look half-decent in it.  And this wasn't my first attempt.  It comes from the social media message I recorded for 'Versus Arthritis' at the end of last week,...

An off day….

I began self-isolating on 17th March, and I've just read my diary entry for that day; I felt pretty low as I went to bed, I wrote.  Oddly, and for no obvious reason, today has been the hardest day since. The trigger was a well-intentioned, sympathetic e-mail.  How...

Offering to help….

Offering to help….

I have an NHS volunteer to thank.  I don't know anything about the person in question, but he or she went to my local pharmacist's, picked up some prescription medicine, and delivered it through my letter box.  It saved me a journey to my local high street, which I...