A cluster of green shoots, buds on the wisteria, snowdrops pushing through frozen soil. Each year, these and other signs of spring ignite in me a sense of revival, a knowledge that the days are growing longer, and winter will soon be past. This year, like I guess all of us, I’d like to be able to fast forward from now until spring’s eventual arrival.
With the daily news almost too awful to absorb, it’s difficult to see through the gloom, but as each day passes more people will have been vaccinated against Covid, and for once, our government can take some credit: to date we’ve immunised more people than has been done by the whole of Europe.
There are many more people to inject with the vaccine, and there’ll be some bumps along the way, obstacles to navigate around, and maybe some delays, but we’ll get there. We have a good history of vaccination in this country. This programme is a challenge, and will test our resources and organisational skills, yet I believe we’ll achieve the target. On a cynical note, the PM and his government have come under so much pressure over their handling of the pandemic, they know they simply cannot fail on this.
We will come through this crisis, on that I have no doubt, and life will gradually return to normal, be it there will be some restrictions and precautions for a little while yet. Life this time next year will look a hell of a lot better than now. Covid – 19 will still be around in the world, but with the US re-joining the World Health Organisation (WHO) and agreement from world leaders, the WHO can set up and lead a world-wide programme to eradicate Covid entirely.
Let’s look forward to Spring and better times.
My recent publications
Life in four stories
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.
All proceeds go to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help the most vulnerable communities fight COVID – 19.
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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.