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When close is too close

When close is too close

When close is too close   Now, that bars and restaurants are opening again and sunny days have been almost continuous for more than a week, the city has begun to exude its familiar buzz and banter and some of us have started remembering the many reasons for which we...

Do not mind the view

Do not mind the view

Do not mind the view Or why more holidays should be the ‘new normal’   Along with the series of unfortunate events which have kept unfolding since the beginning of the pandemic, there have also been some unanticipated significant advantages. Certain deeply resisted...

When love is food

When love is food

When love is food (Including an extract from Mess (Fictional Clinical Narratives, 2018))   The title of this week’s blog is paraphrasing the title of the international bestseller by Geneen Roth, When food is love. Roth is making the pivotal point in her book that for...

In context

In context

In context   When I began studying anthropology, a subject matter which I now think of as at the core of  my identity on a professional and personal level, it was presented to me as a discipline understanding society through the study of ‘other’, ‘exotic’ cultures....

Wild rides

Wild rides

Wild rides   When I was little, I was not a typical kid in more than one ways (if one can ever really be a typical kid), but when it came to amusement parks, every possible childlike delight would be awakened inside me at once. I loved all the rides! The wilder, the...

Loss and the time after

Loss and the time after

Loss and the time after   An extract from At arm’s length (Fictional Clinical Narratives, 2018: pp. 52 - 58)   This week several stories of loss and devastation have travelled to me; Young people dying of covid, prolonged melancholia after a break up, when the...

Connecting threads

Connecting threads

Connecting threads This week I have tried something new. A body therapy which took place online! Thepractitioner called what we were trying to do ‘synchronisation’. I am sure that the fact I haveworked with the particular body therapist before was a significant...

Mind travels

Mind travels

Mind travels   There is something particularly sad, I think, that the saying ‘the world is your oyster’ will not be easily passed on to the younger generations after the wider ecological crisis that the pandemic has thrown into light. Travelling may become more like a...

When disaster strikes

When disaster strikes

Last Saturday, there was a fatal stabbing outside our local Tesco, one minute from our house. Someone close to me I very much care about happened to be there and to witness part of the crime. It is rare to be so close to the site of major drama unfolding in our lives,...

At the crossroads

At the crossroads

There are moments in life that are like meeting an old lover at a crossroads. You may bump into each other, exchange a glance and get reconnected in an instant or you may decide to quickly put your sunglasses on and feel relief when they choose to turn away at the...

So, is 2020 over?!

So, is 2020 over?!

In the aftermath of even stricter lockdowns being announced in England and throughout the world, relief that 2020 is over has to be an almost universal feeling. Yet, as the popular saying has it, we must be careful what we wish for. 2020 was an incredibly difficult...