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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...

Home, sweet home

Home, sweet home

In the last year, we have all been asked to retreat at home. And yet, what this has highlighted for many is that the concept is not to be taken for granted. One of my recurrent dreams since the beginning of the pandemic has been a version of the following: a patient...

Pre-Christmas lockdowns

Pre-Christmas lockdowns

It is the last day of an, admittedly, gloomy week. I woke up to an email from an older friend in a city, where they now have a covid crisis with not enough hospital beds for covid cases and death looming in everybody’s thoughts. She tells me that her life for the last...