Happy homeworking anniversary (10.21)

This week I’m celebrating the anniversary of my last day in the office. Yes, 13 March was my last day in the office before we switched to remote working “for a few weeks”. We had no idea what was coming, and in retrospect, that’s probably a good thing. I’m not really celebrating. I’m not opening… Continue reading Happy homeworking anniversary (10.21)

These here are crazy times (8.21)

It's funny how things pop back into your head from time to time. Like the phrase that titles this post. It's been appropriate for pretty much the whole of the last 12 months, but it only came back into my mind this past week. It's the name of an album by Boom Crash Opera, a… Continue reading These here are crazy times (8.21)

Dark feelings, hope springs and peanuts (7.21)

A nighttime walk is good, but it’s not as good as a daytime walk. Especially if the only extended periods when you left the house during the week were during the nighttime. By the time it gets to Friday you will feel tired, inexplicably sad, depressed about all kinds of things and generally lacking enthusiasm… Continue reading Dark feelings, hope springs and peanuts (7.21)

Frozen (but don’t Let it Go) (6.21)

Yes, this week has been untypically cold for a London winter, with temperatures regularly below freezing (even during the day), necessitating me breaking out the jacket and boots I refer to as either "DefCon 1" or "Moscow measures" when we need to leave the house and go for a walk. And yes, even in this… Continue reading Frozen (but don’t Let it Go) (6.21)

Hints of spring; yet more winter (5.21)

This week I had my performance appraisal. It went well. My main concern was that when the discussion started, I looked out the window and saw a bee stuck in a spider’s web right in my eyeline, struggling to get itself free. And while I’m trying to say good things about what I did last… Continue reading Hints of spring; yet more winter (5.21)

Money, musicals and chess (4.21)

It must be great to be super-rich, mustn't it? I mean apart from the private jets, the champagne-and-caviar lifestyle, never having to clean the bathtub ever again, it's the security of knowing that even in a global pandemic, when a large part of the world is tumbling into poverty and uncertainty, your own personal bubble… Continue reading Money, musicals and chess (4.21)

A memorable week (3.21)

Today, Sunday, it snowed. Snow is exciting because it provides a punctuation mark in the endless flow of similar looking days. It will be a reference point of time. "No, no, that was before it snowed," or "Yes, that was the week after it snowed." It's also a weekend we took not one but two… Continue reading A memorable week (3.21)