What do you seek?

When you’re scrolling through Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, what are you looking for? Something which resonates – makes you feel like you’re not alone, builds you up or affirms your beliefs? Or something dissonant – something uncomfortable, argumentative or unsettling? Recently, I’ve been thinking about the opposite (and Bob Dylan – more on him…

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Do it for the mudita

In some ways, I’ve really enjoyed the restrictions placed upon us during the Covid-19 pandemic (which, at the time of writing is absolutely ongoing, in spite of the steady reopening of life here in the UK). I’m extremely fortunate to still be working, in a house which can accommodate two home-workers and even have a…

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Now for something completely the same

A friend recently asked for words/phrases to describe living through the Covid-19 pandemic. Suggestions ranged from the ubiquitous ‘unprecedented times’, to those directly targeted (unfavourably) at the UK Government, to some which were terribly British: ‘predicament’, ‘uncharted territory’, and the delightfully vague, ‘The Event’ (a reference to this Mitchell and Webb sketch). However you want…

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