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My garden, other gardens and life in general.

Notes from a lock-down II

This being confined to barracks does the funniest things to my emotions and perceptions. Everything is in very sharp focus, but nothing seems particularly real. When a plane flies overhead – something that, granted, is fairly rare here even in normal … Continue reading

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Notes from a lock-down

Monday 9 March I’m sitting in a bar in Tuoro. Tuoro is an unexciting town by the shores of Lake Trasimeno. There are lots of people in here, working people who have probably been having lunch here daily for decades … Continue reading

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Return from Lesvos, 3 March 2020

I left Skala Sikamineas, Lesvos, before dawn on Saturday, just as everything we took for granted began to fall apart. My two weeks there had been quiet, with only a handful of landings to deal with. But on Thursday night … Continue reading

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Lesvos, 22 February 2020

The seaside blows the cobwebs beautifully from the heads of people like me who live in green, landlocked places. And the salutary effects are even better – for me at least, as someone who doesn’t have much time for lying … Continue reading

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31 January 2020

  It’s Brexit Day and I’m afraid I’m feeling uncomfortable not so much about the UK’s senseless self-harm as about my lack of leaving-induced emotion of any kind at all. I even called a dear Remainer friend in the dyed-in-the-Brexit … Continue reading

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