The police visited me following up a possible Covid breach that wasn’t

Original photo of Police Scotland officers in face masks by AFP on BBC News

Last night, around 17:30 there was a chirpy knock on my door. I opened it to see two police officers standing a pace back from my doorstep.

“Hello, we’re following up a possible Covid breach.”

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Secretlab TITAN XL review

The Secretlab TITAN XL series gaming chair at my desk

Last year was, without a doubt, the year of remote working. I now spend most of my days and evenings sitting at my desk. During November I began to realise just how painfully uncomfortable my chair had become.

After much research, I’ve bought myself a new Secretlab TITAN XL series gaming chair and even though I’ve only had it for a week, I love it.

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My albums of 2020

All the albums I bought or acquired in 2020

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year.

  1. Fish—Weltschmertz
  2. Triptykon—Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019)
  3. Mr Bungle—The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
  4. Metallica—S&M2
  5. Lamb of God—Lamb of God
  6. Deified—Anthrobscene
  7. Mastodon—Medium Rarities
  8. Liquid Death—Greatest Hates
  9. Nine Inch Nails—Ghosts V: Together
  10. Nine Inch Nails—Ghosts VI: Locusts
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Election night 1997

Probably like many, I went to sleep the other night with the radio on so that I could follow the progress of the American presidential election through the night. Only, what actually happened was what happens every time I fall asleep with the radio on: I had a restless night’s sleep.

Each time I woke I also reached for my mobile phone which was lying face down on my bedside table, I turned it over, brushed my finger across the fingerprint reader to unlock it and tapped at the BBC News app as my face lit up from its feint glow. One question: who is winning? Please let it be Biden.

Of course, two days later and we’re still waiting.

Every election night I am reminded of that general election night in 1997, the one where Labour overturned the Conservative government and put Tony Blair into Number 10.

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Run the line

Sometimes the YouTube algorithm gets it right. This video popped up on my suggested list. Runner Beau Miles retraces 43 km of an old Australian railway line in his back yard, searching for the old line, searching for meaning.

These last couple of weeks, I’ve been discovering hidden writings, hidden stories, hidden meanings among Mum’s belongings. My dad loved railways. His mother lived in Australia. I love exploring new places and digging into the history of where I am living (only today I rediscovered a couple of maps from where I lived in Bermondsey, London in 1894 and 1914). Somehow, this video brought these strands together.