Category Archives: responsibility

Why haven’t we left yet?

Our life has narrowed down to a very thin set of priorities now, as we try to wrangle a move prior to October with a desperate earnestness that no other party involved seems to share. Everything you think will take … Continue reading

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Going downhill isn’t the same as being rock bottom

My grandad – the old soldier – is getting noticeably more infirm. He’s 93, so arguably we should have foreseen it. But to see him outpacing his older daughter (my auntie has only recently had a hip op) you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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The heavy black trains / A million engines in neutral

There were people having worse experiences than travelling by train last Wednesday as the storm first started to roll in, but it was still pretty much awful: I ended up better off than many fellow passengers, but even then essentially … Continue reading

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Mankind is our business

What’s Christmas all about? What’s the season about, generally? Our modern celebrations have so much associated with them that it’s difficult to know where to start listing the objects, concepts, ideals, activities and whatnot that you might feel “make Christmas” … Continue reading

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The beautiful boredom of borders

A couple of weeks ago I painted three panels of a fence round our back garden. It’s a laborious task, even using a three-inch brush: given the contents of the neighbours’ garden behind, I could never spray it on. Besides, … Continue reading

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Human cycle not school run

I will miss this peace, when the school run starts again. The roads blissfully empty; parked and double-parked cars almost absent; nobody U-turning near manned zebra crossings, ignorant of the rest of the world, to hurry back home, or to … Continue reading

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Handling my lack of knowledge

It’s indicative of the gulf between his formative experiences and his current priorities in life, that only yesterday did this gardening-loving 35-year-old environmentalist learned how to use a hoe. Some skills are considered so simple that they should only be … Continue reading

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Cat successfully acquires new staff

This is Indie, a two-year-old tortoiseshell/tabby moggy: She says she might be willing to lodge with us for the next few years. There’s been no agreement on rent yet; we did mention it, but she suggested that “with claws like … Continue reading

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I am not, and have never been, Fun Bobby

I’m not a very sociable person. Although I’ve never been diagnosed with any kind of problem, I find I reach the end of my social tether quickly. After socializing for some time, especially with casual acquaintances, I can feel sections … Continue reading

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Sure to wake somebody

Bananaman’s house opposite is indeed still uninhabited, and has been since we last saw him some eighteen months ago. Not only has K. been over on the pretext of leafleting, and looked into its empty, uncurtained rooms, but the garden … Continue reading

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