Just type: How I miss Ludlow

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 canContinue reading “Just type: How I miss Ludlow”

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 thoughtContinue reading “I thought I’d be wearing a robe or something.”

Memory is a long-exposure photo

Memory is a long-exposure photo. Things that move the least hold the best focus. Picture a room from your childhood home. Parts of it are so clear, you almost feel you could turn a corner and be there. Your fingers feel the texture of those curtains, and you notice the definite smell of sun-heated windowsillsContinue reading “Memory is a long-exposure photo”

Remember your baptism!

“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 aContinue reading “Remember your baptism!”

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 asContinue reading “Cycling: I cannot know your context”

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 beyondContinue reading “Some lessons learned from injury”

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 thingsContinue reading “Reflections on Royalty”

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 homeContinue reading “Guest Post: What is Specialty Coffee?”