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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...

Explaining the science….

I've a friend, dating back to my university days, who works in the field of human genetics research.  He's offered me an occasional commentary on the scientific work that's going on to try and find treatments and an eventual vaccine during the coronavirus crisis, and...

Here’s hoping….

Here’s hoping….

If you read the headline on the front of the Times this morning, be honest, did your heart leap?  Mine did.  A timetable which has, thus far, taken us well into next year is now edging back into the autumn of this year.  How marvellous would it be if the confidence...

How and when?

At the moment it's broadly true to say we're all in this together.  Of course the impact of the current lockdown varies enormously, depending on your circumstances, but the rules are there, the restrictions are in place, and everyone is having to adjust their lives...

My Daily Telegraph diary from 06/04/2020….

As an arthritis sufferer, I have 12 weeks of self-isolation ahead. Here's how I plan to cope In his first self-isolation diary entry, BBC presenter Julian Worricker finds inventive ways to stay in touch with his partner and friends By Julian Worricker.  5 April 2020 •...

Stories and statistics….

The numbers in this crisis are both chilling and hard to digest.  We hear thousands, many thousands, both here and abroad have died, and we can immediately appreciate the seriousness of what we're living through.  But arguably it's only when we hear the individual...

To order or to strongly advise…

To order or to strongly advise…

We journalists spend a lot of time agonising over our use of language.  We want to be as precise, as accurate as possible.  Only yesterday some current and former World Service colleagues contributed to a very entertaining thread on Facebook, which began with the...

Staying spontaneous….

On the rare occasions that I see another human being in the flesh, rather than on a computer screen, I have taken to perching on the ledge of my front bedroom window in order to engage in conversation. I can sit there, with the sash window fully raised, and chat to...