Birthday rollercoaster

It's Laura's birthday the day we speak, the 7th May, and she's planning a chilled day with the family. Not that she can really do much else, she tells me, being in the middle of the UK lockdown. The way Laura pronounces the words 'music' and 'avenue' remind me of my Mum, and I have... Continue Reading →

Losing it all

"It's very early in the morning here," James tells me. I look at the clock and work out the time difference. It's eight a.m, not early, I retort, while munching on an apple and he laughs, telling me, "actually having something important to do at eight a.m is a BIG shock to the system at... Continue Reading →

Time is priceless

Pie comes into view on the screen, a baby strapped to his front. “Long time no speak Pie, look, you’ve had another child since I saw you last! In my head your first one is only about 9-days old.” As I say that a little face pops into view, all curly hair and loud voice... Continue Reading →

A year in moments

Following my 2019 project 'a year in people', 2020 is going to be 'A year in moments'. The premise is the same; over the next 12 months I'm going to write stories about moments in my life. There's no real structure as to what or why; that'll depend on the story. I'm not committing to... Continue Reading →

A year in people #75 – Nate

Every day Nate laughs and shakes his head at me. Mainly because every day I generally ask him the same things (how was your evening) and say the same stuff (isn't today a GREAT day?) in a very enthusiastic manner. I’m sure he finds me mildly annoying. Every new starter is given a tongue-in-cheek-but-is-it-really Nate... Continue Reading →

A year in people #60 – Matthew

Christmas Day afternoon, circa 1989 ish. The family were playing Monopoly and I'm pretty sure my brother was cheating. I remember something around him hiding money and property cards behind something on the table and just generally being a bit of an annoying dick. I was tired; lethal for a child. I was getting more... Continue Reading →

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