Clap Trap

I won’t be clapping for the heroes. Firstly – although I’m beyond grateful for the work our health care workers are doing – I won’t be clapping. Clapping does nothing to help them. I will be adding my name to calls for a pay rise for them. I will be continuing to wear my mask…

A Merry Little Christmas?

How was it for you? Quieter than planned, I expect. I sincerely hope that this isn’t the new normal. But it’s got me thinking about Christmas traditions, what we do and why we do it. From when to put up the Christmas decorations to when to take them down again, via what to do on…

2020 – It’s Been a Funny Old Year Part I

The first of my Reviews of the Year. If you click on the words that are underlined, you’ll be taken (as if by magic) to the blog post I wrote at the time. It started well enough. I remember making some New Year’s Resolutions – I only made four, and three of them came to…

Time Flies

I’ve been retired for a week!! Only – I haven’t. When I first started my working life, retirement was 60 for ladies and 65 for men. And it was my 60th birthday just a week ago, so I would have been retired for a week, all things being equal. Now, of course, it’s increased for…

Masks are Like Knickers

It’s been said before – but it’s true. We’re all getting used to wearing masks these days, but for them to be effective they have to be worn properly – just like knickers. Here’s my handy guide to wearing masks (and knickers…) Don’t go out in public without them. Change them every day Wash them…

Where do you draw your line?

Have you got your hair appointment booked? Will you be out (‘Out out’) on Saturday night? Are you looking forward to going for a coffee? Is it really over, are we really getting back to normal, starting tomorrow? Or are we all just being sacrificed on the altar of economic expediency? It’s obvious that companies…

The Second Half

Well, that’s the first half of 2020 over with. It’s been a hell of a year so far. It’s kind of taken me by surprise, that we’re so far through the year. I think it’s because I feel everything has been in some sort of suspended animation since the start of Lockdown. I surprised myself…

What Have You Done Today?

As we begin, possibly, to move out of lockdown and back into the world, it’s time to take stock I think. There we were, tiddling along – and suddenly we could only go out for essential purposes. Which I think forced us all to think about what is essential. We discovered that lots of things…

What is Normal Anyway?

When did I last hug someone? When did I last shake hands with someone? When did I last even bump into someone accidentally? When did I last go to a pub with friends? Or out for a meal? When did I last have someone round for a coffee? Or meet someone for a coffee? When…

Immunity

Immunity. It’s something we’ve become used to. We expect it. We pretty much see it as our God-given right. We have a natural immunity to many things, and we have been immunised against many more – but we have no immunity to Covid-19. Our immune systems can’t help us. Our ability to fight off the…

Known Unknowns

It’s the not knowing that’s the worst part of all of this. ‘There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know…