Category Archives: Lockdown

Posts made during the UK coronavirus lockdown

A collective noun during Coronavirus: a parkful of families

Mirinda was very busy today, mostly online. Being a Thursday she had the usual Dr Rox Show but then, unusually, she was part of a presentation given for the NHS regarding how to handle a crisis. The latter was interesting … Continue reading

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Two new puppies

Since lockdown started, the girls have not had a haircut. I realise they are not alone in this. One of the things most people seem to be missing is going to the hairdresser. There must be quite a lot of … Continue reading

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The universal Andrex scale

I need to make an apology. A while ago I wrote a blog post claiming that a chap who bought 1,000 rolls of toilet paper during the Great Toilet Roll Frenzy of 2020, was going to be stuck with enough … Continue reading

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Madness and the Russian Revolution

Today I decided to try something different for dinner. Having used the Syrian cookbook for the barbecue (not on it) on Saturday, I wanted to attempt one of the main courses. I went for fetteh makdous. Stuffed aubergine for the … Continue reading

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Cummings and goings

Back before Lockdown became a thing in the UK, an idea was lightly posited by the Conservatives. It was sent out and given an airing but was quickly taken back when the general mood of the country declared it unfit … Continue reading

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Making your meat stick

Years ago, Sophie bought me an amazing cookbook. It is by a group of women, all refugees from Syria, and features a collection of everyday recipes which they would prepare at home before the Civil War started. It also contains … Continue reading

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61 days later

One of the things that Mirinda has missed with not going into work is her occasional indulgence in the M&S prawn cocktail. She sometimes picks one up at Waterloo Station to have on the train coming home. And she raves … Continue reading

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Gary has the perfect vaccine

It occurred to me this afternoon, as we wandered around the ever-growing fields of wheat and broad beans in Crondall, that my favourite saint (St Sebastien) actually protects his ‘people’ from plague. Okay, his main patronage is for army personnel … Continue reading

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Handling rejection

The other day I researched, wrote up and submitted a short biographical article to Wikipedia. It was about Dorothy Darnell, the founder of The Jane Austen Society, among other things. My submission was rejected. That’s all perfectly fine. The reasons … Continue reading

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Why do Americans call pizza pie?

In some very good news, today, we received the last ‘refund’ of paid out money for our sadly cancelled Dutch trip. It was four e-vouchers for our Eurostar tickets. We now have a year to rebook. What with the insurance … Continue reading

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