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1917 and all that….

1917 and all that….

There's a clever moment in the genius final episode of 'Blackadder Goes Forth' when you allow yourself to imagine there's going to be a happy ending.  The characters facing certain death as they prepare to go over the top are briefly under the impression that the...

Another letter, more uncertainty….

I've been more relaxed about lockdown two than I was about lockdown one.  So far.  I don't think being relaxed has led to undue complacency - in fact I'm pretty sure it hasn't - but that feeling of entering the unknown that came with the events of mid/late March was...

Back again

Below is the opening paragraph of my blog on June 23rd: "1 in 1700 people are estimated to have coronavirus now, that’s down from 1 in 500 four weeks ago.  Those are the figures from the Office for National Statistics upon which the latest government shielding advice...

Back to work….

Back to work….

It seems a lifetime ago.  Tuesday March 17th.  The coronavirus was well and truly closing in at that point, but I was yet to receive the clear indication that I would have to change my lifestyle so profoundly.  Then came the communication from the nurse I see...

European research

I've been keen to get answers to a number of questions during this pandemic, and there's one I keep coming back to - what has happened to people on immuno-suppressant drugs for their arthritis who have, sadly, contracted coronavirus?  I'm assured that work is going on...

1 in 1700….

1 in 1700….

1 in 1700 people are estimated to have coronavirus now, that's down from 1 in 500 four weeks ago.  Those are the figures from the Office for National Statistics upon which the latest government shielding advice in England is based.  That's the advice which says that...

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...