July 12, 2019
by Nick Brownlee
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June 9-11: Summer holiday, Cavatina, brain mapping

Following a short break, the diary resumes. Tuesday, July 9 The summer holidays have already begun for the entitled, public school offspring of the privileged middle-class elite. Nephew B and his friend, both 14, have come to stay the night. … Continue reading

July 1, 2019
by Nick Brownlee
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June 28-30: Doctor Fischer, Strunz, Boris Effect

Friday, June 28 A frustrating day. Having walked the dog, I return to yesterday’s gentle rewrites in order to quickly finesse the changes prior to attacking the main body of work with gusto. Fatal mistake. I find myself embroiled in … Continue reading

June 22, 2019
by Nick Brownlee
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June 19-21 : Fat hair, Catch-22, Rex Kramer

Wednesday, June 19 With the temperatures in the late 60s, downtown Carlisle has a distinctly European feel; coffee-drinkers sitting outside in the sun, pasty white flesh on display, and barely-contained optimism that summer is finally here. However I spend the … Continue reading

June 19, 2019
by Nick Brownlee
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June 16-18: cycle tsar, big chair, solitary confinement

Sunday, June 16 A Father’s Day card (pictured left) from my daughter, in absentia. It seems she has taken to heart my advice that you should always dream the impossible dream. Today’s papers are full of the Conservative leadership battle, … Continue reading

June 16, 2019
by Nick Brownlee
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June 13-15: Chernobyl fall-out, turd wrangling, zombie invasion

Thursday, June 13 Last night we finally Hoovered up the last two episodes of Chernobyl. It was very good, and suitably harrowing, but is it really the best TV show of all time? Put it this way, in fifteen years … Continue reading

June 12, 2019
by Nick Brownlee
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The Great Void

I have once again entered the Great Void – and so, in order to take my mind off it, and give my still-twitching keyboard fingers something to do, I have decided to write a diary (I tried doing a “vlog” … Continue reading