Category Archives: freelance

Pussing through the Great Wen

I’d agreed to meet a new client at their offices in London, and yesterday was the day. I left the house at 8am, and didn’t get back until after 9pm: seven hours’ working; six hours’ travelling, of which three was … Continue reading

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I squeeze on my brakes to get out of her clutches

I recently had a brief but pleasant break in Amsterdam: mostly work, unfortunately; but with people I respect and admire. This, I kept reminding myself, was why I went freelance. That and the evening’s entertainment of boat-trip pub crawls, snacking … Continue reading

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Autumn means all change

The seasons turn. I’ve dressed and re-seeded the lawn. I need to finish my autumn veg plantings. The pelargoniums continue to fire off fireworks, likely defying all weathers with their boisterous explosions until the first frost. The Greek basil flowered … Continue reading

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Near and Loire

I’ve just come back from a trip to the Loire. A friend is currently trialling working from Lille rather than Oxford (his commute to near Stevenage remains the same time, and roughly the same level of shlep) and he decided … Continue reading

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Yearning to breathe freely

When someone talks about “cracking” ribs, it’s hard to know what they actually mean: I don’t think there’s a medical definition; and people wouldn’t stick to it anyway, if sympathy’s in the offing. So: despite almost certainly not breaking mine, … Continue reading

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Grab them by the heartrate, and their mind and body will follow

I’ve continued to try to breathe some life into my post-Christmas doldrums with a mixture of soft fabrics, carbohydrates, and most importantly enforced exercise. On these darkest of days, there’s a perverse but sometimes epiphanic pleasure in jogging round the … Continue reading

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All I ask is a tall ship

It’s done; I have set sail. As of last Thursday, I am no longer anyone’s indentured crew; rather, it’s now up to me to navigate where I will, and up to me to reach every destination with my craft intact. … Continue reading

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