Category Archives: inspiration

When words leave off

Listening to Strawberry Fields Forever on the radio just now, I felt my insides drop vertiginously, Proust-like; but I seemed to land in someone else’s experiences. I was able to briefly imagine what it must have been like to listen … Continue reading

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Veni, Vidi, Ici

After I’d spontaneously forgotten my credit-card PIN, I decided take a couple of hours out to recharge my batteries and replace all those blown fuses. I’ve got a soft spot for the recently rebuilt Ashmolean – although there are very … Continue reading

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On thy cold, grey stones

Cycling a rural commute at this time of year is a tricky business. From one day to the next, the temperatures swoop and soar like Cotswold hills. Back roads are ungritted; main roads have a thin strip where drivers have … Continue reading

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Short and sweetened

I think that these days, the longer the blogpost, the happier I amĀ happier pressing the “publish” button, to the extent that many shorter posts languish for months before being deleted, without you ever having read them. I wonder if this … Continue reading

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It’ll be light soon, but I’m light now

My tendency over the years has been to move towards lighter and lighter bike frames (though not quite as expensive as carbon-fibre ones), but then acquire considerably more gear on top of them. The past two years I’ve ridden a … Continue reading

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Dammed stream of consciousness

Each new year, K. and I struggle to make resolutions. Not for want of will: we both want to seize the day, when we’re not in the mood to seize the duvet instead and hunker down. But rather, we always … Continue reading

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Write like there’s nobody counting

NaNoWriMo is not universally loved, even among those taking part. Certainly I’ve found that the big problem with it is one of guilt: that when I want to write something, that isn’t NaNoWriMo, I feel like I ought to be … Continue reading

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