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…

Signs of Spring

Many things are very different now – but some things can’t be changed by any pesky virus. I like this time of the year – the signs of Spring are now unmistakable. You can feel the world around us starting to limber up. My daffodils are coming through, the clematis is in full swing. I…

When Life Seems Jolly Rotten

I’m not going to say that life will never be the same again – life WILL be the same again. But for the moment, and for as long as it has to be, our lives are going to be different. So here are a few positive thoughts about this strange situation that we all find…

Miss, Mrs or Ms?

It’s a question I have to ask as part of my job, and it’s fraught with difficulty. It’s easy for the guys. No-one will be offended by being called Mr, even if their correct title is something else. But it’s very easy to get it very wrong for us women. Traditionally we were Miss until…

Are You Set in your Ways?

This was originally posted to my column on the Sixty & Me website a couple of weeks ago – and now you can read it here too!! It’s not just our joints that we need to keep flexible as we get older. The trouble is we find a way of doing things that works well…

It’s Nice to be Nice

But not to other people – we all know we should do that. This is about being nice to ourselves. I think that’s harder. In Why Should You Care I wrote about filling the kettle and putting a teabag in a mug so that when I get up in the morning or get in from…