11th May 2020

Darling Paloma, I am not sure I understood what the Prime Minister was telling us yesterday. He addressed the nation early evening. It was not live, as expected, but pre-recorded. The afternoon light was still glinting through the windows in the background. A live performance would have given it more focus or perhaps intensity. Instead,Continue reading “11th May 2020”

8th May 2020

Darling Paloma, I took out an old radio today and started to fiddle about looking for a station to fit my mood. I hadn’t switched on this radio since my school days when it was my passkey to an outside world. It was yet another rediscovery during lockdown. I didn’t realise how much I missedContinue reading “8th May 2020”

6th May 2020

Darling Paloma, It seems most people are ” going spare” waiting for the first phase of the lockdown exit to begin. As I stepped on to the street, I watched someone angrily putting on her black semi-disposable nitrile grip gloves finger by finger. She spouted that the incompetent British Government didn’t know what the hellContinue reading “6th May 2020”

27th April 2020

Darling Paloma, When I wake up, I pick up my iPhone to check if something bad has happened during the night. Not a healthy habit to have got in to but a difficult one to give up. Today there was no new news just hangover reports from the weekend. Everyone is still trying to workContinue reading “27th April 2020”

22nd April 2020

Darling Paloma, We have a new hero in this country. Someone I’d like to think you will hear about when you grow. And if you don’t, I will make sure you will know how a valiant idea made a remarkable connection to our world during these turbulent days. Thomas Moore, a father of two andContinue reading “22nd April 2020”

21st April 2020

Darling Paloma, Great excitement! Our local coffee bar has reopened. Yellow lines drawn as if we were walking through US customs. Part of the new normal but that’s ok. The coffee bar is smart because it is scruffy and the coffee itself seems to have got better. Even customers lining up have changed – SpringContinue reading “21st April 2020”

20th April 2020

Darling Paloma, ‘ Wait here,’ I said, ‘ or rather wait over there,’ pointing to the next sto op so I could make my way to our front door. The old gentleman in the tweed suit had returned (back today in a white suit, white shirt and college tie). And just when I thought I’dContinue reading “20th April 2020”

12th April 2020

Darling Paloma, If today you had the freedom to pick anywhere in the world to have Easter lunch, where would it be? It was a question I was asked yesterday. These type of questions are more poignant as they have ever been . Two years ago this weekend, we visited Barcelona. It was a lastContinue reading “12th April 2020”

7th April 2020

Darling Paloma He’s been looking worn out. His daily briefings have been difficult to watch. He was as white as a shroud but still tried to give that look of such self assurance. And yet when he turned to leave, his shoulders slumped and he slunk away like a retreating army. I’m sure I wasn’tContinue reading “7th April 2020”

30th March 2020

Darling Paloma, I cannot hold back certain thoughts, I’m frightened those thoughts distinguish me from from everyone else. Questions twist round me like a snake. I try to stifle them but they are springs which however hard I press down , they will eventually leap up when I run of force. I think about theContinue reading “30th March 2020”