COVID World, 18

I didn’t think to write during the day, so a quick overview. Ran my mile in 6°, no breeze, 10:14. Participated in Mass from St Benet’s, Kentish Town. Worked on the Easter Sermon that I (perhaps ill… | Continue reading | 14 hours ago

COVID World, Day Seventeen

Chilly morning again, but my legs were more limber. No breeze, 3°, and a mile in 9:59. We’re having a simulated Saturday breakfast instead of going to our usual brunch at Queen’s Lane. Though… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

COVID World, Day Sixteen

Morning continues less chilly, 6° with no noticeable wind. My legs were reluctant — again, the lifty-uppy bits that connect the thigh to the torso voted firmly against anything but the most cursory… | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Ersatz or Stopgap?

The estimable Revd Dr Canon Alasdair Coles (there should be an ecclesiastical office that confers that ‘estimable’ honorific; perhaps for parish clergy with earned academic doctorates or summat) of… | Continue reading | 3 days ago

COVID World, Day Fifteen

Not so cold this morning — 5°, light wind — and although I was generally limber, I felt some resistance from the lifter-upper muscles in my thighs. The morning run was 10:05. I had some tidying up … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

COVID World, Quarantine Day

Just to perpetuate the unfunny joke, the temperature descended to 0° this morning (-1° when I woke up). The air was still, so the cold didn’t bite the way it has other mornings. I warmed up effecti… | Continue reading | 4 days ago

COVID World, Day Thirteen

Woke up at 5:30, got ready for my morning run, warmed up. This morning it was 3° but without a breeze, so if felt much more reasonable (the BBC Weather app said that it felt like 0°, but I’m sure i… | Continue reading | 5 days ago

COVID World, Day Twelve

Still arctic in the morning: 1°, with harsh breezes, felt like -2° according to the BBC. My limbs were in rebellion for all the warm-up; it felt as though I had never run before in my life (‘What a… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

COVID World Eleven (A)

Somehow I got into the habit of writing these entries retrospective to the day after things actually happened, so beginning now I’ll write about the actual, you know, day advertised in the title of… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

COVID World, Day Eleven

A mostly calm, pleasant day. I worked on my reading patience, puttered about the internet, cleaned up some pens that had been waiting for my attention since term time, and Margaret took a long afte… | Continue reading | 7 days ago

COVID World, hê Dékatê hÊméra

Yesterday went satisfactorily. I had college admin work to do, a staff meeting (by Zoom) and various follow-up errands. I didn’t have much time for reading — those FB and Twitter threads abou… | Continue reading | 9 days ago

COVID World, Neunter Tag

A fine day, with Margaret availing herself of her exercise day by taking a promenade to South Park, where she encountered (but did not come within safe distance of) a dear friend. I continued worki… | Continue reading | 9 days ago


One has no hesitation in correcting somebody whose age (a child), or station (such as a student), or lack of pretence to expertise render them entirely dependent on more learned interlocutors for s… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Newman to His Aunt

How strange it is, I wish I could describe it, to stand in a house which was so much to me, as that house was, and it so different, and I so different! Whatever good there is in me, I owe, under gr… | Continue reading | 10 days ago

COVID World, Day 9

Yesterday went somewhat more gently for us. Margaret is working on a jigsaw puzzle on loan from our neighbours, I sent off the EBR entry-ette, I worked on cultivating my capacity to read for longer… | Continue reading | 11 days ago

COVID World, Day Eight

Yesterday was a cabin-feverish (not COVID-feverish, thank heaven) sort of day. I tried to get some practice long-reading, but that didn’t go anywhere; Margaret got some writing done, but we w… | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Corona World, Jour Septième

The Prime Minister has looked at our practice and has decided that the whole nation would benefit from emulating us. From now on, all Britain will be confined to quarters (as it were) except for on… | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Corona World, Day Six

Yesterday went largely as one might have expected. In the afternoon, Josiah and Thomas checked in. We read, wrote, watched a film (Timescape a time-travel film with an interesting twist, but Jeff D… | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Corona World, Day V

It is cold. I know, I can’t blame the coronavirus for that, but honestly, it’s 21 March in England and the temperature this morning was 1°. Spring officially arrived Friday. We would not be asking … | Continue reading | 14 days ago

Corona World, Day Four

After some to-ing and fro-ing, we’re going full-on self-isolation. Margaret has a cough that’s probably just her seasonal allergies or a cold (cough isn’t as dry and persistent as COVID cough is su… | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Corona World, Day 3

In home all day except for my morning run and an afternoon walk with Margaret. I cleared some email obligations, did some administrative odds and ends, and tried to ease myself into reading mode (a… | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Corona World, Day Two

Yesterday, Margaret and I eased into the recommended isolation by working from home, taking care of a couple of errands (groceries and the wine shop), and by Margaret’s visiting a non-quarantined f… | Continue reading | 17 days ago

New World

This morning begins my participation in Corona World. Margaret and I will be based at home for the indefinite future, venturing out for necessities but primarily keeping to ourselves. I’ll still ru… | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Closer to End of Term Than I Thought

I should have anticipated change in the administrative arrangements here at the University, but I had thought that once the undergraduates were gone, our theological students would trudge along for… | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Last Week of Term

Frosty morning, my knees felt a bit twinge-y and wobbly at the beginning, 1°, 10:15 on the shorter course. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Sunday of Ninth

Not trying to run hard today for the first half mile; 11°, breezy, 10:48. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Plague Thoughts

By all means think positive, hopeful thoughts, and certainly do whatever you can to minimise the effects of this plague; console, comfort, and treat anyone who’s been infected or is at risk. But it… | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Pushing On

7°, slightly shorter course, no particular feelings of tightness or limberness, particular shortness of breath, or anything else — just another mile, 10:10. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

No Judge of Time

I remain mystified at the range of difference in my experiences of running when I run the same mile every day. Why isn’t the experience more consistent? Of course, I’d love it if I were faster and … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Pending Further Developments

It’s a bit odd, waiting for the seemingly inevitable announcement that Oxford is closing, that we all are to self-isolate, that there will be no library access for the foreseeable future (yup, that… | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Little Steps

8°, less breeze, 10:13. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Getting Warmer

10°, gusty breezes, still only 10:33. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Modified Rapture

I love the picture of Thomas Aquinas that emerges in the recent post from the New Liturgical Movement website (I know, RC traditionalists, yet important for me to keep an eye on for developments th… | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Mystery to Me

I felt better this morning — it was 5°, clear, and my limbs were loose and mostly strong (I had some early twinges in my knees, but they faded quickly), and the same 9:59 as yesterday (short course… | Continue reading | 28 days ago

No Sense of Pace

Stiff, cold, 6°, but a surprising 9:59 on the short course. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

More of the Similar

3°, but muscles still tight. 10:21. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Two Cold Days, Two Slow Days

Both yesterday and this morning, temperature around 0°, muscles stiff and tight, and times of 10:40 and 10:31. | Continue reading | 1 month ago


I felt as though I was tight, not really opening up or stretching at all, and the air was crisp-cold and my breathing was laboured, but the timer says 10:05 (though is is approximate due to some wr… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Back on the Pavement

After making much of my week’s daily runs, I missed the last three days due to (a) a short holiday in Wells and (b) pure rubbish weather plus a late-ish sleep yesterday morning. This morning, on fo… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Seven In A Row

About four years ago (?), I began skipping rope in the mornings. At first, I just went through the motions — simply turning the rope over my head and jumping once or twice exhausted me. I skipped r… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Not Feeling It

4 degrees, legs a bit tight, 10:31. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Pre-Check-Up Day

I’m going to the GP this morning after Morning Prayer for a look into my ear, which has been popping ever since the holidays. I flew with a head cold, and the ascent out of Indianapolis caused me a… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Not A Named Storm, But

Heavier, more blustery winds than I’ve experienced on the ‘official’ storm days. Consistent light rain, 11°, 10:17. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Another Surprise

I took some extra time limbering up this morning, which paid off. I felt much more loose-limbed than I did yesterday morning. The temperature is all right, about 11°, but the winds are strong and g… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Back To Work

I gave myself yesterday morning off, but it’s against my new rule of running that I take two consecutive mornings off. So I’m back to my mile this morning, however chilly the weather. It felt as th… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Another Chilly Morning

2°, mostly calm, no particular stiffness nor breathing troubles (apart from my customary gasp-iness). as I was running, a younger man sprinted past me in the opposite direction, and was not breathi… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Tuesday Result

4°, light breezes, 10:14. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Memory Victory

Yesterday, Margaret was asking me about insect extermination companies, and we mused that this was another area in which the familiar brands from our youth in the USA probably didn’t carry over to … | Continue reading | 1 month ago