Humanity

Resisting the propoganda

After 16 hours and a short flight down to Gatwick, we finally took off for our destination, at one o’clock in the morning. As the cabin lights dimmed and the plane left the runway, there was a civilised cheer from the passengers. A last-minute invitation, to join our...

Redefining the hero narrative

  “Show me your teeth!”       It was not a request, but an order.       Standing very close, in front of me, so that I could see his nasal hair, and feel his breath upon my face, this tall, well built, strange man issued his order...

Reviewing the year with Harry Potter

An annual Christmas tradition in our family is watching the Harry Potter films in the week leading up to the big day. It is now seven years since we visited the studios where for three hours I totally lost myself in another world. Transported out of my own reality for...

Recalling genuine kindness

“Do you mind if I sit here?” I looked up and saw a woman in her late 40s carrying a tray of lunch. Yes, I wanted to say. Yes, I do mind. Actually. I chose to sit here, away from everyone else, at the furthest corner of the room, on a table on my own for a reason. “Of...
Re entering the wonderful world of work.

Re entering the wonderful world of work.

For the first time in six months, I felt I had a place in the world again.  Six long months of uncertainty, of worry, or wondering if I would ever be needed in the ways that I was previously pre Covid. Not that we are post Covid at the moment, but we are...

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Re-humanising at every encounter

Re-humanising at every encounter

“I’m not as scary as I look," he said, this  young, wide eyed man standing in front of me.  "I have been inside, for four years but it was for beating up my step dad, who beat up my step mum. I wouldn’t hurt anyone else. I’ve done my time and now I just...

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Rejoicing in our history

Rejoicing in our history

My little girl was leaving her school that day to start at a new one after the half term break, so when a stranger appeared with her when she came out at the end of the day, I was a little surprised. Who was this woman and why was she accompanying my daughter off the...

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Re-evaluating: limbo or life?

Re-evaluating: limbo or life?

My husband is 53 today; I will soon join him in the same age. We have been married for 21 years. It is a hot day so we decided against a day out in the country and are lounging around the house and garden, looking forward to dinner a deux tonight as our grown up but...

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Reflexivity and Emotional Intelligence

Reflexivity and Emotional Intelligence

I should like to introduce you to two people. Both work with the public in healthcare, social work or the police. Both are people facing, hands on professionals and both see some difficult things in the course of their work – sadness, suffering and despair which lead...

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Recognising the impact for all

Recognising the impact for all

What can we do? The moral dilemma of Covid 19. An old university friend used to say, “for every action, there is a reaction.” Physicists know this. Philosophers know this. The laws of the natural world and the laws of logic would appear to have more in common than we...

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Relinquishing our obsession with technology.

Relinquishing our obsession with technology.

A recent piece in the BMJ Opinion on 4 May highlighted the concept of “Covid Fatigue” among both patient facing hospital staff and those behind the scenes using technology to continue working. Where the former are tired, weary, irritable and disoriented, sometimes not...

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Re-defining paranoia

Re-defining paranoia

“I’m probably being paranoid.”  How often have you said this, as a preface to saying something you suspect will be dismissed? How often has a friend or colleague said it? And what does it mean, in our common usage of the term?  Paranoia as many of us will...

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