Another short story

If nothing else, Lockdown’s been a time to read and write, so I hope this short story inspired by the work of a good friend offers some alternative to the book of Revelations we seem to find ourselves living through :0(Book 13)

Winter Solstice

THE SHORTEST DAY by Susan Cooper So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep…

The Ayes Have It – a Christmas horror story

Water is the softest and most yielding substance.Yet nothing is better than water, for overcoming the hard and rigid, because nothing can compete with it. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching It was nearly mid Winter though constant rain and grey skies made it feel more like Autumn; but not today. Today, Jude awoke to the…

Wrapping up

The last few months have been extraordinary and life changing for so many of us. I doubt we’ll be going back to how things were, yet as one door closes… there will be opportunities to make the future better. It grows wetter and windier; and though the sun will probably return in a few months,…

Coming of age

This year my lads turned 21 and 18, so after rummaging through the memory cards, I made these retrospectives (vol might need turning up). Afterwards I was reminded of this perspective upon Gladiator – strength and honour chaps.

Since the 8th of July

Max has been back here. For a year, he and Yaz have planned and dreamt of van life and as Lockdown bit they began serious work on converting a refrigerated van into mobile life support. With university disrupted, returning to home comforts and a garage of tools seemed a good option, besides, he and I…

Hunkering Down

Easter Monday – Christ’s resurrection The most important, magical and promising event in the Christian calendar brought grey skies and showers that broke the most glorious sunny spell. Not so up lifting, but lockdown Britain breathed easier with the opening of some London parks earlier this week, albeit to the tune of megaphone wielding cops.…

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…