Flights in the air 26th March.

Life during wartime

This is a headline in today’s Guardian – England: police to get power to use force to impose coronavirus lockdown:  “The Guardian has learned that, under plans being discussed by ministers and senior officials, officers would first encourage and cajole people to go back indoors if they suspect them of being out of their home…

“So I looked, and behold, a pale horse”

The arrival of Covid-19 has greatly disrupted the world and daily life in a very short period of time. Though flu stats are hard to pin down, here’s a thumbnail summary for some perspective on Covid-19 – The Great Spanish Fu epidemic of 1917 is estimated to have killed 50 million+ with a mortality rate…

HNY 2020

New Year’s Eve – a time of fire and feasting, reflecting on memories and pondering possibilities.   The two distinguished looking chaps in the background I’ve known for 35 and 33 years respectively, about twice as long as the two nearest the camera have been alive. That sobering realisation occurred shortly before sobriety left the…

Return of the CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology)

We first visited the CAT in Snowdonia about 10 years ago. We stayed at the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel, coincidentally in the same room we had 5 years ago for a birthday assault on Snowdon – it was just as grotty and with the same pungent reminder of how socks fair after a long hike.…

55 ffs

There’ve recently been 2 celebrations: birthday lunch with my surrogate family and Father’s day with the boys and Ali. Ageing is so interesting, its swings and roundabouts better navigated after a few laps around the block. Things are more easily appreciated for what they are, as opposed to how they might appear to greener eyes.  I’m…

A not so big festival

This summer has been really hot, redolent of ’77, so it was great to chill in the garden of a big old country house in Kent. I’d been invited to an annual gathering of friends and family that’s been happening since 2003, and a jolly, inclusive event it was too.