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The few of us fortunate enough to have seen 2020 through can hopefully look forward to a better 2021. As always, this is the time for new year resolutions, and perhaps most people will long to be out once again, meeting their friends, relations and colleagues. Many will also be hoping to travel freely once… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #16: New Year Wishes
These days, there is a lot of hope being pinned on the new vaccines that are being produced around the world. And there is finally a glimmer of hope in this long Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world. The word that I have chosen for this month from Ivor Brown's book, Just Another Word,… Continue reading Owl About Words: Glimmer of Hope
As autumn falls and our thoughts turn to the festive season ahead of us, travel is bound to be on our minds too. In the days of Covid-19, that might be only a distant possibility, since countries are reimposing stricter travel and quarantine conditions all the time. There is something to be said, however, for… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #13: Travel With Locals
This being the 12th of my Writings on The Wall posts means it completes a year. I raise a glass - actually a cup of coffee - to that. I just recently wrote on what wines and spirits brands can do to stay engaged with consumers and sell their drinks during a pandemic, in which… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #12: Beating The Lockdown Blues
Most words that are neighbours in the English dictionary are only so in a manner of speaking. They might sit next to each other or even a few words apart, but other than that they might actually be worlds apart. Why, don't we know of so many English words that have several meanings and depending… Continue reading Owl About Words: Dictionary Neighbours
As the world comes to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, other demons are also rearing their ugly heads. Racial and religious divides that are polarising countries even more, if that were possible. Right now, the US is in the grip of racial tensions sparked off by yet another killing of an unarmed Black man by… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #9: Equality
It is human connections with each other that make us who we are. And an integral part of that is personal, face-to-face interactions, which technology only allows so much of. But at least we have that; people who suffered the Black Death or the Spanish Flu didn't know what was happening to their family members… Continue reading Writings On The Wall #8: Staying Human