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Where’s the magic money tree, then?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. Well that all sounded rather splendid. Lots and lots of lovely Government lolly heading the way of the construction industry to rebuild the economy post-pandemic. Gazillions of …

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The Show Must Go On

Fiona Russell-Horne

We light it up, we won’t come down And the sun can’t stop us now Watchin’ it come true, it’s takin’ over you Oh, this is the greatest show The BMJ Industry Awards were supposed to be held on the 15th May this year. I know I wasn’t the only one …

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Shop, work, spend…but don’t learn

Fiona Russell-Horne

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Go forth and shop. Go forth and get back to work. Go forth and restart the economy. So says the Chancellor, knowing that things have to start to get back to whatever normal will look like. …

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With the wisdom of hindsight

Fiona Russell-Horne

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,’ said the White Queen to Alice. A few insomnia-fuelled questions that buzzed round my head in the wee small hours on the pandemic/lockdown/re-opening. I don’t have the answers, but then, it seems, neither do those who are supposed to be …

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People are idiots

Fiona Russell-Horne

The greatest of all sins is stupidity. In 1945, when the people of Britain were released from six years of life under the restrictions of the Second World war, they held parties in the street. They hung bunting from their houses, they hugged their friends, their families and even complete …

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Cummings, not goings

Fiona Russell-Horne

 “Yond Cassius hath a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous” Well, that was excruciating. Yesterday we were treated to a prime-time TV spectacle of the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor Dominic Cummings sitting at a picnic table in the Downing Street Rose Garden trying to …

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Normal people

Fiona Russell-Horne

I dreamed that as I wandered by the way Bare Winter suddenly was changed to Spring It may not be what we recognise as normal, but it’s definitely an improvement of sorts. Slowly but surely, things are changing. It was only in November that the first case of coronavirus was …

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Lockdown lingo

Fiona Russell-Horne

For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech, To stir men’s blood: I only speak right on; I tell you that which you yourselves do know. So, from today (May 13) the construction industry is encouraged to get back to work …

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Home thoughts from abroad*

Fiona Russell-Horne

*not abroad. At home. Still. For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; How many times have we said to ourselves that, were we given enough free time, we would fill it wisely, …

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The Easter Rising

Fiona Russell-Horne

O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells; “He is risen”. According to the Times, that was the first response of a member (it doesn’t say which) of Boris Johnson’s family, on being told by an aide that the Prime Minister had been moved out of intensive care …

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