I used to be something else, but now I can hold my head up and say I am a writer. Retired doctor. Passionate about empowering people.
10 surprising things that I learned during the pandemic
10 Surprising things that I learned during the pandemic It was quite a shock when we first went into lock-down. No one I knew had ever experienced anything like that before. I vaguely remember having to stay at home for 3 weeks when I was a schoolchild because we were in quarantine for measles ( before there were any vaccinations for it). That was of course no hardship for a small child, and if I remember rightly, it was springtime so the weather was warm enough to allow me and my siblings to play in the garden almost every day.
Readwave. A failed experiment, or simply a stepping stone for other writing platforms?
Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion and I have no insider knowledge. Back in 2009, Raoul Tawadey had a good idea. A graduate from University College London, he had noticed that film screenplays were not easily picked up by film companies, and there did not seem to be a platform catering for them. He set up a company called Circalit, whose premise was to gather together film screenplays and offer them to established film producers. Those that sold would bring in income, and potentially a lot of income if the film went on to become successful.
Open letter to Qian Julie Wang, author of Beautiful Country.
Dear Qian Julie, I bought your book after reading your account of a disastrous book launch that you experienced when it seemed that you were clearly disrespected both by the organizers of the event and some of the audience. While you were talking, catering staff pushed noisy trolleys around the room, making it difficult for you to continue. No other speakers had interruptions. The organizers did nothing.
A Killer among the Medical Profession
Harold Shipman was an ordinary General Practitioner in the town of Hyde near Manchester. He worked from a shop front premises and was the only doctor there. He was well-liked. Older patients felt he listened to them and were comfortable in his presence. Little did they know that they were at serious risk of being murdered.
A conversation with my dog while out for a walk.
My dog is a chocolate Labrador. What I didn’t know until after she became part of the family, is that particular breed tends to be hyperactive and difficult to train. It has been a challenging journey so far. She is two and a half years old and definitely not out of the adolescent phase yet.
How to avoid becoming an invisible retiree
The first twelve months after retirement are usually spent catching up on life and is a joyous time for the retiree. No longer living by the clock, snatching a quick breakfast, and commuting to work, the day starts with a leisurely stretch and maybe a cup of tea to be enjoyed in bed with a good book before deciding what to tackle for the day. If the weather is wet and windy, no need to go out (unless of course, you have a dog, when you will be obliged to face the elements whether you want to or not ).
Future-proofing our house for old age
Today marks the nearing of the end of the renovations and improvements that my husband and I planned. We are taking a pragmatic view on the future and making sure that there are no outstanding major issues with the house in the coming years.
Disorientated Geese by the Roadside
In the last couple of days, I have seen several barnacle geese behaving abnormally. One was sat by the side of the road, attempting to walk across in front of traffic but with its neck bent to the side. Though we have been advised not to touch birds that might be affected by avian flu, I could not drive by without moving it into an adjacent field. Clearly, it was unable to fly and would soon succumb to death and I couldn’t face leaving it in the road with the potential of causing an accident. It felt much lighter than expected and it seems likely that it had been sick for several days already, unable to feed.
The Bathroom Window
Since his wife died four years ago, he had made a conscious decision to try to keep the small flat clean and tidy as she had always liked it to be. It was totally by accident that he discovered such a clear view of the apartments across the road from the high bathroom window. Granted, he had to climb onto the toilet to see through the small latch window, and he had been industriously cleaning the window surround when he made his discovery.