Category Archives: Health

An optimistic note

(Also available as a podcast here) ‘Put it this way – if it was a horse I’d have to shoot it.’ John, the piano tuner came today. It’s an old joke of his. It’s an old piano, too. Although the … Continue reading

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Wild things

(Also available as a podcast here) Five months ago, at the end of April, I wrote here about my reactions to the early stages of Covid and lockdown. From where we are now, that time seems almost like an age … Continue reading

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No return

(Also available as a podcast here) Two weeks ago I wrote about how I was experiencing life in lockdown. This post reached the second-largest number of readers I’ve ever had, the largest being for the post I wrote the day … Continue reading

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In limbo

(Also available as a podcast here) It rained late this afternoon. In the silence that followed the birdsong was almost deafening. What do they notice, I wondered. A change in the air? Fewer people? Less noise? Finely attuned to their … Continue reading

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The shortest distance

Last week I took part in the process of interviewing for a new manager for my mother’s care home. I was one of a panel of two relatives and two residents who met the candidates for an informal chat, before … Continue reading

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Out of body

I have always thought that the last word in disembodiment was Tenniel’s illustration of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. ‘I have often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat,’ says Alice, watching … Continue reading

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Off balance

Vestibular neuritis might sound like rot in the front porch. It’s not. It’s a viral infection that causes inflammation in the inner ear and makes one feel dizzy. It’s the little sibling of labyrinthitis, a truly horrible condition which at … Continue reading

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Three launches

Next week I’m going to London for three separate and very different, but oddly related, launches. They all involve people I have close connections with and each in its own way brings with it the excitement of an impending birth. … Continue reading

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