Introducing Rusty

It was in the summer of 2020 that we spotted an advert for Rusty on an animal shelter’s website. “I’m a big cuddly boy who came to the centre after being found as a stray injured and hungry,” it said. “As you can see, I haven’t had a great life on the streets, I...

In Praise of Polymaths

Back in 1991 I took a combined honours in English literature, art history and fine art. At the time my university made all of it students take an additional subject in the first year, with the threat/promise that our marks in this subject would count towards our...

In Memoriam: Boris Bratby (2004-2020)

We lost our cat, Boris, just before 8am on May 7th 2020 during the Coronavirus lockdown. We adopted him aged 4 in February 2009, having first chosen a dainty long-haired cat called Juliette, which my boyfriend Richard adored. As we prepared to sign the paperwork in...

Travel Notebook: Magic Mountain

Magic: view of the Jakobshorn from the Schatzalp’s terrace. Earlier this month I was taken on a trip to Davos in Switzerland. Davos may be home to The World Economic Forum, but that fact did not blind me to its considerable beauty. We stayed in a wonderfully...