peace and quiet

Posted in how about?, opinion on September 2nd, 2009 by george

luna lake

We have got used to a constant soundtrack in our lives. Until recently, while working my way through the daily list of tasks, I have either had the radio on,  tuned to Radio 4 and its endless chatter, Radio 2 and its saccharine music and talk, or occasionally Radio 3 for a little classical respite; or I have had music from my collection on the turntable. My attention would drift in and out of whatever noise was being delivered, but this didnt seem to matter. I blithely imagined I derived some comfort , or even company, from the sound.

I have now taken to giving silence a try. Read more »

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its wet out there….

Posted in journal on September 1st, 2009 by george

wet sept 1

Its September 1st. This morning in bright sunshine I drove to Heathrow to pick up my two teenage children who have been spending the holidays with their mother in Panama. Now we are home and torrential rain is keeping us indoors. From summer to autumn, from sole occupant to single dad family, all in one day…

We are all in shock, really. They are understandably a little fried. Their cousin met us all at the airport and has come to stay for 10 days. So everyone is excited. I have spent six weeks on my own slipping easily back into my solitary vigil. Now the house is jumping!  The TV is blaring, someone’s playing the piano, the dog is running up and down the stairs, and there goes the phone!

They had 15 hours of airline action at the end of which it transpired that one of their bags had stayed behind. BA have promised to deliver it to our door tomorrow. Why am I sceptical?

I think it is time to make a big supper and plonk them in front of a movie during which they will most likely pass out.

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