No hot chocolate today

My husband is a journalist working for an international news agency. He usually comes home after our son goes to bed and has been missing him grow up. So my husband started catching up with our son over hot chocolate on the days he wasn’t working. Just the two of them, after school — to […]

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Blooming Odd

This masterpiece is by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder. Called A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, it was painted around 1609! It hangs in the National Gallery, London. It’s a beautiful vase of flowers. There’s nothing odd about that, you may say. But you’d be wrong. These flowers could not exist together in […]

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On the Flight from Prague

To the young man behind me on the flight to London from Prague, Hello my friend. I couldn’t help overhearing your conversation with that young woman next to you. You say you’re from Prague and ask where she is from. She says she’s from Newcastle, not London. She’s polite and friendly, but is a little […]

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I just need a little time

Our boy has recovered from his mild bout of COVID. He was back at his computer when he raised his head and asked me: Him: Mum can I spend time in central London with my friends next weekend? “No,” screams my heart. You could hear it from six blocks away. “You’re six years old. You […]

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Positive Test Results

Our son tested positive for covid at the end of January. He had a runny nose and some body aches, but no fever or cough. We didn’t think much of it until his lateral flow test turned up with two lines — a sign that meant he’d contracted covid. We were extremely worried. Until we […]

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