Really looking

May 10, 2020

I’ve been out for a walk every morning, and most days I’ve brought the good camera, a Pentax DSLR with the macro lens. After 7 weeks of seeing the world from the balconies I find I want to stick my nose right in. By that I mean in both senses of the phrase. I get right up close, and I smell everything. Geraniums! Eucalyptus! Pine resin! Jasmin! Even after eight…


Zombie a-pause-calypse day 10,835: getting ready to leave the house

April 26, 2020

It’s looking likely that we’ll be allowed out for exercise from May 2nd, so I’ve been getting the masks ready. The monkey is called Einstein (because he looks so clever) and he came to live with me on my 18th birthday. The sloth is Enric, who came back from Menorca with me last year – that’s why he has a Menorqui name. The masks are actually made from a pair…


Zombie A-pause-calypse day 22

April 5, 2020

Three weeks in and we seem to be hitting the top of the curve. We’ve only had one new case on the island in the last three days in spite of over a hundred tests. Sadly, there’s been another death, making 4 in all. The government’s extended the state of emergency until the 26th of April. So I’m thinking we might be allowed out, contigent on good behaviour, in anther…


Zombie apausecalypse: Day something. Mental Health

Quarentine is stressful. I’m lucky enough to be shut up in a big house with two people I get along with. Not everyone’s so lucky. Some people are cooped up in small flats with people they really dislike, or they’re alone all day every day. Both of which must be extemely lonely experiences. Perhaps that’s why the Professional Collage of Psychiatrists has issued advice. Due to the great number of…

March 29, 2020

Zombie Apocalypse day 12: Good advice

March 26, 2020

Incoming transmission. #MessageFromTheDoctor #DoctorWho — Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 25, 2020 Dr Who popped in with some good advice, and I feel better. 1) It will be all right. Darkness never prevails 2) Tell jokes, even bad ones 3) Be kind. In the end we’re all family. 4) Listen to science and doctors 5) Stay strong. Stay positive. It reminded me of this: Which led to discovering this:…


Zombie Aocalypse Day 11: Mind-blowing stupidity

Vox are the Spanish far right party. The We’re-not fascists-honest-we’re-not party. Something like the English Defence League or the National Front.* Among other things, they’re bitterly against immigration, or at least immigration to Spain – nothing wrong with Spanish people working abroad and what do you mean they can’t have it both ways? And now they’re calling for the health service to refuse to treat immigrants. In the middle of…

March 25, 2020