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EVERYONE ready? Got your Union flags close to hand for some frantic waving? At least for 45 minutes. The bunting dragged out from storage to drape between houses? And hang there limply for days long after, a sad reminder of what might have been. The fridge cleared to make space for the packs of beer? Better not be Heineken. Junk food ordered in? But no hamburgers, or pizzas. Stick to the snags and pies. And be prepared for plenty of leftovers as the disillusioned (yet again) drift away early to grieve alone. Arrangements should proceed smoothly; it’s a familiar routine. Continue reading

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Living, coping and observing in the age of Covid #8

Feb 2021: THE Pisa-like bedside tower of books looked like toppling before I got around to recording some of its content. It was only thanks to some extended sessions of lockdown reading that it has been whittled down to a less perilous height. Sadly it might remain that way for some time. With the local Waterstones firmly bolted and barred, browsing the shelves of WH Smith (hmm) and Tesco (yikes!) are all that remain for personal shopping. Online has become the only real choice. Fact or fiction, highbrow… Continue reading