Just type: How I miss Ludlow

photo of ludlow's butter cross

How I miss Ludlow. A brace of pheasants in the feather for less than a fiver – hanging from one of Ludlow’s five local butchers. Each dwelling in a building made by medieval tradesmen. Cobblestones, of course, usually damp, with overhanging late-medieval timbers just overhead. If you duck and twist to the market square, you can […]

I thought I’d be wearing a robe or something.

“So, this just swings over your jacket, and just hook this bit under your… where’s your tie?” The spindly man from Ede and Ravenscroft held some form of heavy, black wool cloth and cordage out to me. “I’m not wearing one. I don’t own one. Wait, do I need a tie to graduate? I thought […]

Cally Road’s king and I

Bridge over Caledonian Road

Thing is, despite the many people, none gave me a second look. And, I’d never looked more guilty of breaking and entering in my life. “Ah, Zak!” I could hear the k in the way he said my name.“I forgot to put a microwave in your flat. You want one, yes?” “Actually, that’d be perfect.” […]

Remember your baptism!

photo of a carved, wooden cross

“Remember your baptism!” Droplets splatter my face, and a strong scent of rosemary fills the air as the grinning bishop flicks water at us. This was not part of the confirmation service I was expecting. Members of the Ely Cathedral congregation were urged with a splash to recall their original commitment to Christ. It’s a […]

Cycling: I cannot know your context

It is cold. I have just decided to carry on, trying to ignore the tightness in my chest, and the retching tickle at the back of my throat that says one thing: “Cough!” My ears are already tingling. “We are the Hellequin,” I pick up the dialogue from a new audiobook. It had faded as […]

Some lessons learned from injury

“You’ve had an accident on your bike,” a familiar voice gave me something I knew. “You’re in the hospital,” and the familiarity fled with being awake. A few more dreams, and I slowly recognised myself lying in bed, surrounded by scrubs and unfortunate people. I pushed myself upright, and oddly felt the mattress move beyond […]

Reflections on Royalty

The internet is full of information of dubious quality, and I have recently spent quite a bit of time trawling a particular subsection of this by trying to trace family information. I have found many lists of names, and I appear to be lucky that my maternal side seems to have been recorded doing things […]

Guest Post: What is Specialty Coffee?

Guest post by Stephen Leighton from Has Bean coffee about specialty coffee So who am I? My name is Stephen Leighton and I’m the owner and head roaster at Has Bean Coffee based in Stafford. Has Bean is an online retailer, roasting and selling fine specialty coffees from all around the world direct to home […]

It’s America’s Question Time

This morning, after switching on the kettle, I set my laptop on the kitchen surface and shuffled through the BBC iPlayer’s “Factual” category—looking for something interesting to keep me company as I made my porridge and coffee. I stumbled across Question Time, and noticed that this special edition was being broadcast from the United States—something […]