January 6th, 2021

Good morning

My little office set up. It doesn't look much different even now at 5.01am. I hope that's a good sign. It certainly feels that way.


— Ju



Good morning from a cold and very dark Devon.

I'm here again, doing my early-morning thing and that's always, despite the ungodly hour, a blessing.

In England, we're now in our third lockdown. I'm don't want to blame Christmas on the numbers but...it can't of helped. I fear the next few months are going to be a long, slow, molar-grinding experience and much worse than lockdown #1.

As a family, we've been spared the worst of Covid19, although it's debatable that my father-in-law's death in July 2020 wasn't hastened by the disease, and my eldest daughter, who lives in London, is only now recovering from it having contracted it just before Christmas. (Given my wife's role as a specialist cardiac nurse, I hope she gets the vaccine very soon; she is seeing and dealing with some of the most vulnerable people and despite the best of precautions, it's not acceptable that she or they should potentially be put in harm's way.)

As for my work — the in-house lawyer gig — I doubt if I'll be furloughed and it will be, give or take the odd verbose contract, business as usual. And of course, despite my misgivings and prognostications about what I'm going to do in 2021, that has to be a good thing. It brings stability to me and the family.

So, you might think, not too bad.

But then again, as is my way, I can't help but wonder:

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“The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical...There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

My tweets

  • Tue, 12:30: Is it overstating the position to say that all companies have ecocidal tendencies, namely, however they're constructed, they're likely to be (or are!) extractive and not restorative of the earth's resources?
  • Tue, 16:21: To think last week I was enjoying a glass of whisky at this time 👍. Now water. Wake me up when this dry January (first ever for me) is over.
  • Tue, 17:00: Whether or not the aphorism/quote is true -- "the unexamined life is not worth living" -- perhaps it should be on every school curriculum alongside our fav topic, namely, be all you can be (whatever that actually means).
  • Wed, 04:59: Tis that time again. https://t.co/ndplKuodp9
  • Wed, 06:00: "And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death." — Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Wed, 06:06: Got Ella Fitzgerald playing (But Not for Me). I feel like I've been transported straight back to 1959.
  • Wed, 06:16: "This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes." -- the Matrix
  • Wed, 07:00: Lockdown https://t.co/caftRIAHSd / today's little blog offering. #covid19 https://t.co/Cjd1GA2G8c
  • Wed, 07:00: How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline https://t.co/9l0xjO08mF via @YaleE360
  • Wed, 07:30: Top UK bosses are paid 115 times more than average worker, analysis finds https://t.co/n0rqpiEkPf / totally repugnant. Nothing can justify the disparity. https://t.co/lCegmtdPeb
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