Morning

Unable to comply just yet with the top-down instruction to move get up out of bed. Instead, horizontal passive protest. Eventually, giving up the resistance to just be. Be the morning stillness, hear the birds whispering softly, feel the coolness of spring morning air rushing in to greet my skin. As I rest there, letting…

Recipe: Pea Soup

Yes, it’s about food and not the incredibly foggy weather we’ve been experiencing lately.  This is the simplest, tastiest soup recipe I know picked up during my time working at Restore Littlemore Lounge.   Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion (and 1 garlic clove , if you like) 2-3 celery stalks 1 big potato…

Escape from the snowy village…

I started reading Kafka’s ‘The Castle’ in June last year, on my birthday in fact, and only have managed to work my way through and finish reading it a couple of weeks ago. That’s quite a long time to take over a not particularly long, although some might say quite dense, book. It would sit…

My academic story so far

The Beginning: After the post ‘A’ Levels gap year spent sometimes working, mostly having fun, I went away to Uni ‘proper’ in 2002.  I ended up dropping out after only a couple of months as I found I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to end up afterwards and liked the idea of earning money…

An Empty Room

The window has been left open.  Just an inch, but a warm breeze from the late summer evening is nudging it further and further open.  The air, filled with smells and sounds from gardens, picnics, children that had been playing earlier in the day, pub garden laughter and cars rumbling past, squeezes into the room. …

Ideas about writing

from George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946 “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have…