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...

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;...

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...
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...

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. ...
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...