Living with the pandemic

2020-03-18 10.29.07It’s been a funny old week. Last weekend was just about normal and now through the week we’ve had daily briefings from Boris Johnson as he imposes ever tighter controls on public activity so that we as a country can get on top of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Continue reading

Me and my stent: 6 months in

untitled-29It’s worth a little reflection. Six months ago, on Thursday 29 Aug 19, I was flat on my back at Royal Papworth having a stent inserted in my right coronary artery and I still find it remarkable that I’m leading a pretty normal life today. I wrote about my feelings one month in ( It seems right to provide an update. Continue reading

Jan 20: photo of the month

DSC06356Here’s another photo from our trip to Indonesia over Xmas and the New Year. It’s taken in Fatahillah Square in Jakarta on the first Sunday of the year when it was full of people being out, relaxing and looking for Instagram opportunities. There are lots of living statues and this photo is of a Javanese lady close to such a statue. I’m not sure who/what it is but he’s holding a violin

The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f6.3 at 1/500 and a focal length of 280mm. I’ve cropped it from landscape to portrait but otherwise there’s been no post-processing.

Dec 19: photo of the month

untitled-500K-8I need to get 2019 completed so that I can start on 2020 so here’s Dec 19’s photo and, rather inevitably, it’s from Indonesia and it’s a simple photo of the daughter of the guy from whom we bough fresh fruit at his roadside stall near Bandung, Indonesia.

The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f5.6 at 1/160 and a focal length of 85mm. I’ve given it a square crop which seems to work and subjected it to minimal post-processing given the light was perfectly good and there’s enough separation between the subject and her background that the latter is out of focus.

Reflections on 2019

2019-08-29 18.15.18It’s a bit late I know but it’s still important to reflect on a year just gone.

From my personal point of view it’s been dominated by my big op. Actually it wasn’t really that big, ‘just’ an angioplasty to insert a stent into my right coronary artery which only took about 30 minutes, but it did signal a change in my life. I’d never thought before that I might have a life threatening condition and although that’s now been sorted I have had to change my life style if I’m going to make 90. Go to for the full story. Continue reading