Category: Life etc
Remembering Ian Rudd
My cousin Ian Rudd died in April 2018. Paramedics were called in the early morning and were unable to resuscitate him. This is an edited version of a blog I wrote for severe ME Day in 2015 while Ian was still alive. He suffered from a cruel disease called myalgic encephalomyelitis that eventually killed him.In 1995…
Hospital & M.E.
HOSPITAL AND M.E.I signed off my oncology and surgery teams a few years ago. It would be good to think that things have improved since then for people with M.E. going into hospital for surgery or other reasons. From several patients I have spoken to sadly this does not appear to be the case. For…
March Newsletter – Imagining Things in Lockdown
Recent goings-on Hello! Tomorrow (March 20th) is the start of astronomical Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. Longer days are on the horizon. For the Misfortune fans “Cape Misfortune II Agata’s Story” has been out for a month, and people have been positive. My fellow author Henry Mitchell was kind enough to say on his…
Words for Mud, Ray Bradbury, Catherine Crowe.
Recent goings on. Hello. It’s February 2021. As I type this the rain is beating on the conservatory roof. Nearly all the paths around where I live are thick mud. Other words for mud, incidentally, include slobber, slabber, slutch, and lutulence, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
A Local Mystery
Recently a large brass key missing almost 50 years was returned anonymously to St Leonard’s Tower in West Malling. There is uncertainty as to why this enigmatic 900-year-old stone fortress was built, but it remains an imposing presence. I took a few photos whilst out on my travels recently.
The White Beach
The White Beach, oil on canvas, 2020. Dreaming of the“Spaggio Bianco” [White Beach] on Lipari,, an island off the coast of Sicily.
Some Meandering Thoughts on Michaelmas
It’s Michaelmas today (September 29th), traditionally marking the end of harvest. At this time the number of animals kept over winter (and fodder needed to feed them) was worked out. It is also a day associated with the beginning of autumn.