Five-thirty comes around and I sit down to watch Manchester United vs. Liverpool. A little banner at the bottom of the screen says that kick-off is delayed. A few hours earlier a swarm of fans protesting against United’s owners managed to wriggle their way into the stadium and started lighting flares and throwing camera stands … Continue reading Stalling for time
My Grandpa Guido passed away on 25th July 2021 My Grandpa continued to live his life after Granny died. He spent time with his friends, went to church, visited family abroad. But it was never quite the same. She’d been gone almost a decade and Grandpa was in his mid-eighties when he decided he, too, … Continue reading On Death and My Grandpa
Everyone is smiling when we get on the plane. There are no masks now, no passenger locator forms or tests and it’s a warm, sunny day and all this seems to have put everyone in a good mood. Gradually we all sit down and put on our seat belts. We’re sitting with our seat belts … Continue reading take your seat belts off
(This story is also on Medium. Follow me here.) I remember him falling into a river and clinging to something – a leaf or a stick – to stay afloat. He was injured, scared, and all on his own. The current was sweeping him forwards and ahead he could see he was hurtling towards the … Continue reading “Are we going to die, Mum?” — that night, twenty years ago.
There’s a lot of fucked up stuff in this film, in this world. A man is found dead having been hog-tied and made to eat canned spaghetti until he burst. Another, a rich lawyer, is forced at gunpoint to gouge out a pound of his own flesh with a knife, then murdered anyway. Somerset sees before anyone else that the motives behind these killings are biblical. Gluttony. Greed. He warns his sergeant to expect five more inspired by the rest of the deadly sins.
I often find that planes and airports can be interesting places. I've long felt that I do some of my best writing while flying. Being removed from my everyday life, having the time to think and being faced with so many people from all over the world put me in a reflective mood. But apart … Continue reading Fun and Interesting Things that have Happened on Planes
The other day, my friend invited me to talk on Student Radio Maastricht, the radio show he works on. The topic of the evening's discussion would be stories - what they are, how they've evolved, why they matter to us. I thought it was a great topic; I’ve always loved stories. When I was a … Continue reading Stories, and what they mean to me
I was flying home for Christmas. It was icy and windy in Leeds and the plane was getting thrown about so much that at one point we seemed to be approaching the runway side-on