Quarantine announcement throw our France holiday plans into chaos

The familiar five notes of BBC Breaking News sounded at around 10pm last night to confirm what I’d been fearing all day.  France, where we’re booked to go on holiday for three weeks from tomorrow, has been added to the Government’s 14-day quarantine list. There was speculation for most of the day that our nearestContinue reading “Quarantine announcement throw our France holiday plans into chaos”

Remembering my A-level results in the summer of ‘78

It’s an A-level exam results day with a difference and how sad is that.   Nearly 40 years later I still remember the summer of ’78 anxiously waiting for my results.  I had offers from three universities to study English Literature, a path I’d chosen for no other reason that I didn’t much fancy getting aContinue reading “Remembering my A-level results in the summer of ‘78”

Quarantine looms over our France holiday

Our long-awaited three weeks holiday to France is due to begin on Saturday. We’ve got a ferry to catch from Portsmouth to San Malo, then campsites booked in the Dordogne and the Med Coast.I’d usually be excited, looking forward to reliving some of our favourite experiences.   Where we camp in the Dordogne feels like it’sContinue reading “Quarantine looms over our France holiday”

Trip to Wales and a Covid test negative

Went to Wales to meet up with an old friend.  On the way up the M6 – which looks as busy as ever – I got the result of my Bupa COVID-19 antibody test. I tried to view it during the journey’s many traffic jams but failed miserably.   As is the way of the worldContinue reading “Trip to Wales and a Covid test negative”

Over 50s facing pandemic jobs crisis

Quarter of a million over-50s ‘will never work again’ is the stark headline in the Money section of today’s Sunday Telegraph. One in four (2.5million) workers aged 50 and above have been furloughed and, of those, it is predicted  that 377,000 could lose their jobs.  This is based on forecasts by the Office for BudgetContinue reading “Over 50s facing pandemic jobs crisis”

I’m hoping for a Roaring Twenty Twenties

Maybe not a V but certainly not an L – that’s my assessment of how Britain’s post-Covid recovery is going.  Despite an apparent uptick in infections, selective lockdowns and travel quarantines, slowly but surely the country is getting back to work. I know it’s only anecdotal but every conversation I’ve had with employers and employeesContinue reading “I’m hoping for a Roaring Twenty Twenties”

Complaining to HSBC

Thankfully yesterday’s mysterious email from the gym was nothing to do with Covid.  The abrupt closure was due to an electrical fire in the ladies changing room. The good news is it’s open today though predictably it’s the men who will be inconvenienced. We’ve got to come kitted up and shower at home while theContinue reading “Complaining to HSBC”

Is it me?

… or has the world gone crazy. I’m reading a book ‘The Madness of Crowds’ by Douglas Murray. It was sent to me by a friend, also 60, after we’d talked about how I was feeling increasingly alienated by the modern world. Our discussion started with me telling the story of my Zero Tolerance writtenContinue reading “Is it me?”

Behind the mask in vaccine capital Oxford

Yesterday was face mask day, the day it became mandatory in England to wear a mask in shops, take-aways and on public transport. It was also the day we chose to visit one of our favourite cities – Oxford – the place that’s doing more than most places to bring this mask madness to anContinue reading “Behind the mask in vaccine capital Oxford”

Combating ageism in my new CV.

Do I advertise the fact that I’m 60 in my new CV?  After all it’s pertinent to my job search, it’s the reason why I’m looking for a new purpose. It’s also why I think it’s time to slowly scale down my business and seek out new opportunities. On the one hand, I think it’sContinue reading “Combating ageism in my new CV.”

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