Coronavirus, economy and post-lockdown shopping
Jul15

Coronavirus, economy and post-lockdown shopping

As lockdown has eased over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk of the economy. And for every person that says it’s important to get the economy back on track, there will be another who says they don’t care about the economy. But, here’s the thing, the economy isn’t some big, mythical thing which only affects rich people and politicians. It affects all of us – young, old, rich, poor, employed...

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(not)parkrun is a real thing
Jul13

(not)parkrun is a real thing

After three months without parkrun on a Saturday morning, (not)parkrun was launched. Ever since the first Saturday without parkrun, my family and I have run our own version. We called it the non-parkrun parkrun. Now it has become an official thing – (not)parkrun. (Not)parkrun is very easy to do and gives parkrunners a bit of motivation to get running again. While most parkrunners will have kept running (or walking), some will...

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Lockdown: The kids are all right (aren’t they?)
Jul08

Lockdown: The kids are all right (aren’t they?)

I’ve said before how my kids have thrived in lockdown. They’ve stepped up and made themselves useful around the house and they’ve worked hard to stay fit and active. It also been lovely to see the bond between my two younger kids grow stronger. My kids are definitely all right. Or so I thought. I went for a walk with my oldest friend the other day. Until then, I genuinely don’t think I’ve seen her at all...

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My daughter, hair and me
Jul06

My daughter, hair and me

As a child, I had short hair. I don’t really know why, but my mum said long hair was hard to look after. I envied little girls with beautiful long hair. This was the 70s and short hair on girls was a bit more normal than it is now, but it was still fairly unusual. Photographic evidence suggests it did start to grow at around the age of 7, but for some reason it was all cut off when I was 8. Strangely, I loved it. It was very...

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Lockdown: Life in the village
Jul01

Lockdown: Life in the village

We live in a ‘semi-rural location’ in Gloucestershire – a village reasonably close to a town. The village has a high proportion of residents in their 60s, 70s and above, and not many kids. During lockdown, we’ve spent a lot of time walking round the village. With no friends locally, the kids are usually with us. We see the same things and same people every day. It’s a bit like This Country combined with Groundhog Day. We have...

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Lockdown: Missing the isolation
Jun29

Lockdown: Missing the isolation

I’ve spent the last six and a bit years working for myself at home. After 15 years with the banter of a busy office, I wasn’t sure how I would cope with the isolation, but I’ve loved it. I do get the odd bout of loneliness and I’m always ready to see the kids at the end of the day, but I enjoy my solitude. I’ve got myself a good routine of mainly work, a few chores and a bit of the ‘me time’...

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