A rift in the space-time continuum

See, you thought I’d forgotten all about this blog, didn’t you? But instead I’ve just been away, to a place where the BT Openzone wifi is shakey, probably because of all those time-space disturbances and people constantly having sex with aliens: Cardiff. I was in Cardiff on Thursday and Friday to give a talk about


The past few days I’ve been mentally composing the blog posts I might write when August is over, maybe summing up the project, picking my best-of and worst-of lists. And until today, the worst-of list was topped by The Warrington. But today hit a new low. I went for a wander around Camden Town. Which

A travelling day

Spent most of today in a car on the way from Seaham back to London but… managed to stop off at The Blake Head, a very gorgeous vegetarian cafe/bookshop in York on the way home. Their risotto cakes are excellent, the cafe is very sunny and clearly popular. Here’s my mum going in: If I hadn’t

North to the Future (or in this case, to the past)

I am in Seaham, County Durham, for the first time in 14 years. It is peculiar. I feel like I’m in 1991. To explain more fully. In 1988 my parents bought a little two-up, two-down miner’s cottage in Seaham, at that time, one of the most depressed areas of the UK. My dad has links to

Things that make you feel old

Spent today at the Buckinghamshire Railway Museum with my friend Esther and two of her children Benjy and Zara. Aren’t they lovely? Zara has a habit of sticking her tongue out if she knows you’re taking a picture of her. Probably a form of protest which I ought to respect, but I just got around

City of the Dead

“CHANGE, whose insistent tendrils seek out the edifices we have so carefully wrought and return them once again to dust” John Kabat-Zinn, ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ Glorious weather today, perfect for a lazy pub lunch at The Wellington Arms in Hampshire, and then a long country walk. My companion suggested heading out toward the Roman ruins at