Chapter 2 – Stage Door

Crossing the courtyard I waved to a couple of the carpenters who were working outside the hall. At one end of the great hall was the private theatre the Bishop maintained. I let myself in through the wicket in the double doors leading backstage. A barred window at the far end of the space showed … Continue reading Chapter 2 – Stage Door

Disappointing…

Also a learning experience. I posted the first chapter of my first novel on Saturday as a blog post. I am, I hope honestly, proud of the book as a whole and hoped to obtain at least a few readings and comments, I do after all need to improve in the writing trade. I duly … Continue reading Disappointing…

Chapter 1 – October, Anno Domini 2153

Boredom had won and driven me out into the Old City with some of the usual suspects. Waking up on the couch in Diego‚Äôs scruffy flat was a painful experience. My mouth tasted foul. I had a crick in my neck and bruises on my ribs from things I had slept on. The tatty blanket … Continue reading Chapter 1 – October, Anno Domini 2153

Mindful Textures…

Some people think I am mad, but I walk mindfully to give myself some calm. I find hunting for interesting textures in the surfaces of objects that I pass helps me to focus on the present. Almost a zen thing.

Mindful Walking…

This lockdown time has been stressful in many ways. The lack of liberty, not seeing friends, uncertainty about our jobs and prospects. All very bad. We have to try and find what small comforts we can. Something I have been doing a lot more of is walking. This has been partly forced since I was … Continue reading Mindful Walking…

Slow Slow Quick Quick Slow…

Trying to stay apolitical at the moment. Which is hard for me since I am a political anorak with very definite libertarian views. The current anarchy on top of the global lockdown on people's freedoms is very hard to stay neutral about. So I shall distract with a very brief note on cooking - the … Continue reading Slow Slow Quick Quick Slow…

Fascinating Discussion…

I have to share this incredibly fascinating discussion from Dr David Starkey about the Wuhan virus and the aftermath in Britain. He traces historical pandemics and how they have had more or less profound effects but at a high human cost. He makes the distinction about this virus - that the cost in human life … Continue reading Fascinating Discussion…

Back In Time

I found my old blog the other day. Quite illuminating. I was a bit of a blog maniac in those days, posting several times a week, often at great length. Quite a lot was about food, more about dealing with depression. Looking back, it is interesting to see the changes. You don't notice changes in … Continue reading Back In Time