Friday 22nd May The Coronet Diaries

PANDEMICS AND CHESS HAVE BEEN LINKED FOR CENTURIES. INGMAR BERMAN'S FILM THE SEVENTH SEAL USES THE METAPHOR OF CHESS AND THE BLACK DEATH. Death playing Chess by Albertus Pictor. Täby kyrka, Diocese of Stockholm. I know even less about Chess than about Bridge but the statistics for online play of both have soared since the pandemic. Tonight [...]

Proust, Middlemarch and Mash

I’ve now spent two days reclining rather than declining on my bed, watching the snow fall and reading or re-reading 'Middlemarch'. And worrying. I worry about the birds, and the fact that I’ve recently learnt that they require fresh water to keep their plumage warm in this big freeze. I worry about my ferruginous dog [...]