Category Archives: pessimism

D-day #1

I’m celebrating. I’m sitting in Campos with all the Newtown hipsters having an excellent Ethiopian Yirgacheffe origin long black. Today is D-day (Diagnosis-day) #1. The pathology report on the pigmented lesion on my forehead has been revealed (and the two stitches … Continue reading

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Prophesy fulfilled?

Back in 2011 we planted a Gymea Lily outside our bedroom window. The plant nursery told us that because it was only a young plant it might take up to 7 years to flower. At the time I remarked that waiting for … Continue reading

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The answer from a banana

I am currently reading a brilliant book – A Line Made By Walking, by Sara Baume. In the book a young woman, Frankie, retreats to her (dead) grandmother’s bungalow to reflect on life and death, and a lot more besides. … Continue reading

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The revenge of the bin chicken

I walk along this road every morning about 03:30. Can you see those white blobs in the upper branches of this tree? They’re ibis, known more commonly as bin-chickens for their Darwinian(!) adaptation to urban life. They’re always grouped together … Continue reading

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One step forwards, two steps back

Back in November 2015 I was doing a lot of running and I developed a painful condition affecting the connecting point between my left hamstrings and my pelvis: Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (PHT). I had to stop running altogether (and even … Continue reading

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Romantic vision, dead

Back in autumn I had a vision, sparked by memories from my childhood. I recalled that my parents used to grow sweet peas and we’d often have a vase of sweet peas in the house during spring. I have have … Continue reading

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The varieties of degeneration

I ran the whole 10 km distance to work on Monday. It felt OK. The knee pain I thought might be osteoarthritis, or could be coming from the medial meniscus, was under control with paracetamol and didn’t seem to be … Continue reading

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