1989 in [Music] Culture

A couple of online interventions lately have turned my thoughts to one of my favourite schemes, namely a journal that published reviews of books, music, films, and so on from a set interval in retrospect. None current, none still angling for awards or clinging to the last weeks of box-office receipts: all post-hype, based strictly…

COVID World, Day Ninety-One

13°, 99% humidity, very high pollen. What’s the difference between running in high humidity and swimming? When you’re swimming, the water will always be cooling you off as you go. The mile was an undistinguished 9:44. An early trip to Tesco for four bags of groceries and a megapack of toilet roll (we were coasting…

COVID 90

13°, very high pollen, high humidity, a bit of a slow start at limbering up my knees and thighs, for a mile time of 9:56. Morning Office, fruit breakfast, and a morning devoted to Legends — with Abraham in the books, I think the end of Volume 1 (and relevant notes from Volume 5) is…

COVID World, Day Eighty-Eight

Cool, just the right temperature for exercising (about 12°), calm, clear, and very high pollen — so that my morning mile was encumbered by streams running down the back of my throat. I made it home in 9:32, anyway. Morning Office, shower, hot breakfast, Mass of Corpus Christi first from Winchester Cathedral, then from the…

COVID World, Day Eighty-Five

Moderate cool weather (11°), fresh after pre-dawn rain, medium pollen, high humidity, and my adductors thanked me for letting them settle back to normal. I didn’t push, but I did run gently, and brought my time back to 9:40. Morning Office, fruit breakfast, and head down pushing through my examining until mid-afternoon, at which point…

COVID Eighty-Four

The conditions for running were fine this morning, apart from high humidity and pollen: about 11°, calm, cool enough to keep you from overheating, warm enough that my extremities weren’t getting numb. I suspected that my adductors would welcome another day of diminished expectations, though, so I took a very slow, steady pace, and probably…

COVID World, Day Eighty-Two

Another 8° chilly morning, high humidity, high pollen, and my left adductor is giving me serious grief. Still and all managed a 9:33 morning mile. Morning Office, fruit breakfast (well, to be honest, I ate the remaining apricots and a crumpet; crumpets aren’t fruit, but we’re almost all out of fruit and I didn’t want…