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01-07-2020 - - 0 comments
A dance to the music of time

I have been thinking about Anthony Powell's series of novels A Dance to the Music of Time. For those who have not read them, or watched the excellent 1997 adaptation by Channel 4, the 12-part sequence tracks the characters in the ups and downs of their friendships, marriages, careers and lives.

24-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Are our hands too soft?

COVID-19 has taught us a lot about what the word ‘essential’ really means.   Flour, eggs, pasta, alcohol, loo paper… we are all too well aware of the shopping essentials.  We also learned about our essential relationships, our essential work needs, even about our essential selves.  Life has been stripped back and, although we are starting to get some of it back, we are now much clearer about what really is essential in life.  The question is, are we up it?

17-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Answers on a postcard please

Now the real work begins.  As more and more firms make redundancies, as companies close their doors forever and businesses start to rationalise their operations, we need to think hard about the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who are going to lose their jobs.  My belief is that, collectively, we can find ways to ameliorate the hardship ahead and I’d like to start that process today.

10-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Is technology the only future?

It’s extraordinary to think that last week we all got excited about being able to see up to six people out of doors and that many of us seized the opportunity with both hands the minute we were able.  Some children returned to school too and were reportedly very excited to be back amongst their friends and learning.

03-06-2020 - - 0 comments
Back to school

The return of a small number of children to a small number of classes in a limited number of schools has excited a good deal of comment and speculation.  The schools are taking extraordinary measures to make the new system work, parents have a range of views about the safety and practicality of those measures and everyone else is watching (sometimes incredulously) the lengths everyone has gone to.

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