3-2-1 cooking

Healthy eating must be one of the most written about subjects. Almost every day we’re given advice on what we should and shouldn’t eat. Much of it goes over my head. But as a so-called flexi eater – someone who follows a plant-based diet with fish, and occasional meat – I recently found a book, the Doctor’s Kitchen 3-2-1, excellent. The author, Dr Rupy Aujla, is a practising GP and a nutritionist. Not only are the recipes in his book easy to prepare, tasty and nutritious, they all can be cooked in one dish.

Here’s Dr Rupy’s introduction: 

‘What is 3-2-1?

It’s a brand new way of cooking delicious food that will completely change your life. Every recipe is formulated to contain 3 portions of fruit and veg per person, each meal serves 2 people and only requires 1 cooking pan (like a roasting tray, saucepan or casserole dish) … that’s it!’ Dr Rupy Aujla 

The Doctor doesn’t preach but provides solid nutritional evidence backing up his belief that we can all eat our way to good health.   

Take a look at The Doctor’s Kitchen site and gain access to many delicious recipes.

His weekly podcast, The Doctor’s Kitchen, is very good and free. You can subscribe through his website and all other podcast providers.

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My recent publications

Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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Life in four stories 

Recently, I donated a substantial sum to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) from the proceeds of this little book of shorts. ICRC help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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Hey guys, there’s no time to waste

I sometimes wonder when the world will get it – the climate crisis. There is plenty of big and bold talk coming from governments and world leaders at the moment, and that’s to be applauded, but is it believable?

Reading the environmental page in The Guardian, makes you realise time is running out fast, and if we are to avoid an environmental crisis the magnitude of which is too awful to predict, action is required right now

  • Glaciers and artic ice are melting faster than previously predicted, causing sea levels to rise and eventual flooding. Small islands may disappear, all coastal communities are at risk, many will be wiped out. 
  • Intense heat and raging wildfires will make it uninhabitable in many inland parts of the world, like Australia, part of Africa, the Middle East, North and South America and others. 
  • Mass migration and population movement will be inevitable. By necessity, people will seek safe and sustainable places to live, bringing about pressure and tension as local populations grow bigger, resulting in hostilities, maybe wars.
  • Severe drought, already killing wildlife and plant species and causing water shortages, will become more frequent.   
  • Pesticides, intense heat, and lack of rain are decimating the insect population. This will worsen, which will result in crop failures and food shortages. 
  • Coral reefs, vital to sea life, are dying due to increased sea temperatures, while at the same time, overfishing and warming waters are causing fish stocks to plummet and other sea creatures to disappear. 
  • Increased human diseases and more corona type viruses are bound to happen due to man’s encroachment on nature.
  • As the world becomes more polluted, respiratory infections will increase.
  • Natural disasters will become more severe, more frequent, and cause greater destruction and loss of life.

It’s not all negative:

  • Solar energy worldwide is growing exponentially year on year. By 2030 it’s predicted to have quadrupled. The US president, Joe Biden, called for an emissions-free power sector by 2035.
  • Carbon capture, where through technology carbon emissions are captured and ploughed back into the earth, is gaining momentum, and believed by many scientists to be the major contributor in keeping the rise in the average global temperature below the 1.5/2% goal. 
  • Coral reef grafting – Adaptive Reefscapes – where pieces of tiny live coral taken from dying reefs are nurtured and grown in a land-based farm before being planted back in the ocean in areas without coral, are proving successful and being developed. Also, marine scientists have found evidence of coral naturally moving and adapting to survive in areas of the sea previously without coral.
  • Electric vehicles are on the increase. Governments are legislating to make fossil fuel powered vehicles relics of the past.
  • Hydrogen gas, completely fossil free, is replacing gas extracted from the earth and predicted to be the main fuel in the UK, US, and many other parts of the world by 2035. 
  • Everyday there are success stories and technological advances that will lessen the effects of climate change.
  • It’s generally accepted by most of the world’s leaders that the climate crisis is man-made, and man has to do whatever is necessary to avoid a catastrophe.     

I’m an optimist. History tells us human beings have overcome or found a way around most crises that befall us. But this one will be tough, and I think and hope on balance we will get through. What is required is strong leadership and agreement.

Above all we need to stop fossil fuel extraction now and keep carbon in the ground forever.

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My recent publications

Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

amazon.co.uk. amazon.com.

Life in four stories 

Recently I donated a substantial sum to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) from the proceeds of this little book of shorts. ICRC help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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Look to the future – it’s good

In a time almost forgotten, before the first lockdown, galleries and exhibitions inspired and uplifted me, leaving me in awe of past and present artists and how many suffered for their art and were not recognised until after they’d died.  

And so, when I read at the weekend the long list of 1st class exhibitions opening up next month, I felt elated, remembering the thrill a good exhibition gave me. But soon I wondered if I was being too optimistic, asking myself if galleries were safe to visit so soon after restrictions had eased.

My anxiety is not unique, I realise. After two lockdowns and sadly over 130,000 lives lost, many in the country will be feeling the same. But we have to go forward. Almost half the population, including myself, have been vaccinated with one dose and by the end of July the rest of the adult population, also. The vaccines have proved to be effective. Israel, who have inoculated almost the entire population, are seeing better days with life as near to normal as possible. In the UK, infection rates have fallen to around 2000 a day with hospitalisation down to 3500, a dramatic drop from nearly 40000 daily infections in mid-January.     

We haven’t beaten Covid yet and I understand people’s fears and concerns, but we really do have a better future in front of us, and by the end of the year life will look a whole lot different from last year’s end. I’m not going to rush out and be carefree and foolhardy, but I will be going to one or two of the exhibitions and begin, bit by bit, start returning to normal.

Best wishes to you all. 

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My recent publications

Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, is a study in grief and determination and about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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Life in four stories 

Recently I donated a substantial sum to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) from the proceeds of this little book of shorts. ICRC help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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Two happy bears beat the Covid blues!

These two bears made me smile, helping me escape from the pessimists and doom spreaders who tell us every day how Covid will affect our lifestyle for sometime. How negative! Man has an admirable history of overcoming adversity and bouncing back, better and wiser, mending and rebuilding the damage done both to our buildings and to us. We possess an innate quality to heal and improve. 

The casualties and scars of any disaster are many. Covid is no exception, and I feel for those who’ve lost a loved one, those who’re affected by long Covid, and the many who’ve had their livelihoods diminished. My heart goes out to all of you.

It’s easy and could be mistaken as patronising to say life will get better. But it will. Man is not content to stand still. Going back through time, humans have always sought to improve their lot, and because of this I remain optimistic, dismissing the doom mongers and focusing on a better future after Covid, even if we have to live with a few restrictions for a while.

I’m repetitive. My last blog was on similar lines, but I sincerely believe governments and world leaders will work together more and more to do whatever is needed to keep the virus at bay, or best eradicate it, and make the world a better place.    

So, stay optimistic, keep smiling, and have fun, like the bears.

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My recent publications

Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

amazon.co.uk. amazon.com.

Life in four stories 

Recently I donated a substantial sum to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) from the proceeds of this little book of shorts. ICRC help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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Blossom, and goats doing what comes natural!

The valley garden of Glendurgan on the banks of the Helford River in Cornwall is already bright with spring blossom – vivid pinks, deep purples, the purest of whites. “It’s an extraordinary sight after the tough winter we’ve had,” said the head gardener, John Lanyon. “It feels inspiring, blissful.”

The blossom comes early in this sheltered spot in the far south-west of England, and over the coming days, weeks and months the spectacular colours will steadily spread east and north.

To celebrate the explosion of brightness, the National Trust is launching its second BlossomWatch campaign, encouraging people to begin a new UK tradition emulating hanami, the Japanese custom of relishing the fleeting sight and scent of blossom…’ Read more at The Guardian.

 Explosion of Kashmiri Goats

‘The goats of the Great Orme headland in Wales were a worldwide sensation during the first Covid lockdown last year after they were pictured roaming brazenly around the deserted streets of nearby Llandudno.

This year there has been a population explosion of the kashmiri goats in their north Wales headland home after the Covid crisis forced countryside wardens to cancel a planned contraception campaign…’ Read more at The Guardian.

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My recent publications

Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

amazon.co.uk. amazon.com.

Life in four stories 

All proceeds go to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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Time for a reboot

Like a mountaineer nearing the mountain’s peak, a long-distance swimmer metres away from their end point, a marathon runner close to the finish, a sportsperson close to their goal, and many others battling to overcome adversity, these last weeks before the Covid restrictions start to lift seem endless, and for many sow negative thoughts and feed doubt as to when it will all come to an end. 

It will, and soon.

Vaccines, believed by many a year ago to be way off in the distance, are with us now, being injected, and proving to work, and that’s in just over a year since the first Covid case was diagnosed. With just 1% of the world vaccinated, a herculean effort by the WHO and world leaders and politicians is needed to immunise the entire planet. It will come. New vaccines will be approved, more doses will become available, non-vaxers will diminish, rich governments will help poorer countries, and tweaks of vaccines to counter virus mutations and variants will be developed, some already are. Covid-19 may not be entirely gone by the end of the year, but the world will look a whole lot different, and by that, I mean better. See excellent Guardian article by Pascal Soriot, CEO of Astra Zeneca: At Astra Zeneca, we know that until everyone is safe, no one is safe.

You may ask, why am I so optimistic?

There are many reasons. Here are the main three:

  • Man’s instinct for self-survival. The virus – the most serious global health emergency of our lifetime – has shut the world down in ways we could never have imagined, and caused an economic downturn not seen since World War 11. Man will not tolerate such a catastrophe. Soon, if not already, world leaders will come together to find a way to immunise most of the world from Covid in record time – and find a joint economic way forward. It’ll be a plan of global reach on a global scale. 
  • Medical science, bathing in its success with the vaccines, will not stop there. More effective vaccines will be developed together with a massive increase in manufacturing capacity.
  • Covid treatmentThere weren’t any treatments for Covid a year ago. News presenters would often say in sombre tones, There is no known treatment. Now there are several – reducing symptoms and lessening the disease’s fatality rates. And there will be more, together with treatments for long-covid.     

So, like most of us, I look forward to meeting up with family and friends again, eating out, going to a theatre, gallery, gig, having a haircut, and many other things we took for granted, but I’ll be patient. 

We’ll beat this virus, normality will return, of that I’m sure.

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My recent publications

Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

amazon.co.uk. amazon.com.

Life in four stories 

All proceeds go to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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Writing forward

I write most days, or work at something – researching, editing, social media – associated with my writing. It’s what I do. Without it, a great void in my life would open up, and I’m not sure how I’d fill it. Writing fulfils me, stretches my mind, exercises the right side of my brain and, I guess, keeps me sane. 

I’m not sure about this right brain, left brain stuff – I wrote on that subject on this blog a few weeks back, but I do know I intend to write for as long as I can, maybe until the end of time (that’s my time, I mean). All I need is a functioning brain, my eyesight, my hands, and a spot where I can write in peace. I’m grateful I have all of those at the moment.

Recently, I started work on a new novel – A life turned (working title). How a man’s troubled past and his unusual relationships with his parents impacted his life.

Here’s the beginning:

  • I can never be sure when my indifference to my mother started. When I’m irrational, I blame it on my birth: a bad forceps delivery, I’m told, that left me with birthmarks for the rest of my life, or so my vanity tells me. It wasn’t Mum’s fault, of that I’m sure, but somewhere, lodged deep in the temporal lobe of my brain is a negative, irrational memory that kicks in whenever I think of her. It’s not that I don’t love her, or that I think she doesn’t love me, only that from when I could first remember, she wasn’t much around. She’d dress me, give me breakfast, then rush out of the small apartment we lived in to go to work at the local supermarket, leaving me in the care of Sally, who I’ll always remember as being kind and fun. Mum came home to give me my tea, tuck me up in bed and dash back to the supermarket, where she’d fill shelves while I slept, watched over by a babysitter. 
  • There were days with only bread and water to eat and drink, days when it was so bitterly cold, we walked around our flat wearing coats, scarves, gloves and with several layers underneath and your breath almost froze in front of you. ‘It doesn’t work,’ Mum would say when I asked why we had no heating. Later, I realised we were poor, and she didn’t have enough money to turn the heating on… 

For the 1st chapter go to: A life turned.

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My recent publications

Life in four stories 

All proceeds go to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

My latest novel, Otto and Frankie, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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Trouble sleeping?

Hardly surprising in these anxious times. With many of us kept awake by the worry worm, wriggling its way through our nocturnal thoughts, making each of our concerns seem worse, I thought I’d share a few helpful tips on dropping off, ones that I’ve used and found to work.

  • Imagine you’re standing on a sandy beach, close to the water’s edge, and the sea begins to gently lap around your feet. Is it cold or warm, a pleasant sensation? Are you getting deeper?
  • Walking alone along a windy clifftop on a clear day. What’s the sea like? Do the crushing waves engulf the black rocks with sparkling white spray?   
  • Looking at a map of the world, working from left to right, try to name the capital of each country. Likewise, try to figure out the population of each country, hopefully you drop off to sleep before you reach 7.2 billion. 
  • Starting at A, run through the alphabet thinking of as many foods as you can starting with each letter, then move on to the next one. E.G., A – avocado, apple, apricot, anchovy, aniseed. B – beetroot, blueberries, blackberries…
  • Work through a list of US presidents or British prime ministers backwards. E.G., Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton…, or Johnson, May, Cameron, Brown, Blair, Major…
  • Try willing yourself to sleep, think of sleep and only sleep. Imagine what sleep is like. Is it fluffy with warm breezes wafting around your face? Your eyes going to sleep, your mouth, your nose, neck, shoulders, working slowly down your body…
  • Something mathematical, like doubling figures, 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, 96, 192… See if you can get to a million. 

They’re all mind games. Try making your own versions, anything to stop you tumbling into an endless vortex of worries, one thing leading to another. Just don’t go there!

If none of these work, try reading for a bit. You may end losing your place in the book, but you’ll get some sleep.

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I’ve just started writing a new novel, based on a short story I wrote last year – The parents I did not know.

In the novel, A life turned (working title) a man looks back on his troubled past and his unusual relationships with his parents to consider the impact on his life. 

To read the first chapter go a, A life turned.

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My recent publications

Life in four stories 

All proceeds go to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

My latest novel, Otto and Frankie, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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Half full or half empty – focusing on the positives

Each day, as I drink my first cup of tea and start to make porridge, I try to find at least five big or small things to look forward to. I write them down. Today I listed:

  • More and more daffodils in bud
  • The snowdrop clumps seem to grow larger every day
  • A new visitor to the bird table – a tiny wren. I haven’t seen one for some time
  • A zoom call with friends later
  • Cooking a new recipe from a new cookbook

Being a ‘glass half full’ person I always search for the positives in the media.  It’s hard, but here are a few. 

Covid vaccines 

This must be the most applauded achievement of the last decade. To develop a vaccine that protects us from infection or reduces the severity of the virus in less than a year can only be called outstanding. Most vaccines take three or four years to develop, and then have to be tested. Smallpox took ten years. Malaria is not yet there, although it’s close, but that’s after several years in the making. And the scientists developing the Covid vaccines are not stopping. More efficient vaccines are being developed as are modifications to existing ones to deal with the variants. 

Diversity in space 

Europe launches recruitment drive for more female and disabled astronauts. European space chiefs have launched their first recruitment drive for new astronauts in eleven years, with particular emphasis on encouraging women and people with disabilities to join missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars.’ The Guardian

Green energy

Several big car makers, Ford, Jaguar, and others have stated they will not be making any petrol cars after 2030. Most companies will follow.

Electricity. The UK produces over 50% of its electricity from renewables. For some months last year, no coal was burned to produce electricity. It’s likely that within three years all the UK’s electricity will come from renewable sources. 

Endangered species

There are many, unfortunately, and due (mainly) to man’s destruction of nature to satisfy his own greed. The good news is there are many projects around the world that are reintroducing to the wild some of the endangered or almost extinct species with success. As each day passes, more projects begin. Take a look at the WWF website.  

Coral reef rebuilding

Coral reefs are being destroyed by the rise in sea temperatures due to climate change. Coral is essential to the health and welfare of the oceans’ ecosystem. Without coral most sea life would be wiped out. But there’s a fight-back. Throughout the world several successful projects have regrown and replanted coral. See: Can new science save dying coral reefs?      

Rewilding

Across the world, many natural forests and savannahs have been destroyed by humans to grow crops, in the process, depriving wildlife of its natural habit.  Rewilding efforts aim to create ecosystems requiring passive management, and the stepping back of man. There are an increasing number of these projects around the globe, Rewilding Britain is one such project.

Man will continue to discover new ways to solve the climate crisis, it won’t be easy, and we don’t have much time, but I’m optimistic and hopeful we’ll succeed. And the same goes for Covid. Medical science will prevail.

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My recent publications

Life in four stories 

All proceeds go to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

My latest novel, Otto and Frankie, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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My ten lockdown pleasures

1Cooking and finding new recipes and techniques. I’ve found a new cookbook I recommend, The Doctor’s Kitchen 3-2-1 by Dr Rupa Aujla – a whole new, delicious way of cooking and eating. 

  • ‘As a busy doctor, I know that one of the main reasons people choose not to cook at home is lack of time as well as the effort to cook it. In my new book – I promise you flavourful dishes that consistently look after our bodies, helping to beat illness by optimising our food choices. This is a prescription to fill yourself, one plate at a time.’ Dr Rupa Aujla.

2: Sour dough splatter. Those hours of abandon, flour and dough-splattered clothing and the kitchen, the mind-cleansing processes of stretching, kneading, shaping and baking, and the delicious, unique taste of the finished loaf.

3: Lye ins and not feeling guilty. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go, anything that needs urgent attention, so why rush and stay an extra hour in bed. 

4: An extra chunk of chocolate or two and a smallish (or not so small) glass of wine to uplift the spirit. It works.

5: Binge watching of Netflix and finding shows I didn’t think I’d like, although the cupboard is nearly empty!

6: Reading. There are a whole host of good books out there, and most I haven’t read!

7: Wearing pyjamas well into the morning and I confess, sometimes all day!

8: Lighting an extra fire.

9: The availability of many more online talks and live performances, and at a minimal cost. These started off quite clunky, now the producers have discovered the right formula and the shows are much smarter.  

10: Zoom chats with friends and family. For me, with my family spread all round the world, Zoom’s been a tremendous benefit. Of course I’d prefer the real thing, in the flesh, but that’ll come. In the meantime, it’s wonderful to be able to link-up live with loved ones. 

Lockdown has been no picnic, we all agree on that, and for some it’s been life-changing and a huge challenge. I’m thankful and grateful to have a home, a roof over my head, and food to eat.

Stay well and safe.

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My recent publications

Life in four stories 

All proceeds go to the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.

Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

By buying this book you are helping fund ICRC in its valuable work.

Thank you.

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My latest novel, Otto and Frankie, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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