Saturday, December 02, 2017

A New Start

It is as though at some point in the last year, and without my being aware of it, I had suffered a mini-stroke, leaving behind a severely impaired memory! And yet I cannot pin such an episode to any particular event.
But without going so far as that it is true that the longer you leave something unattended, the more difficult it is to pick up the thread. 
Of all the things since I last reported in my blog in any meaningful fashion, so many momentous things have happened to me  and yet, viewed from a different angle and at different times they appear so trivial.I hardly know where to begin, but I do know that I would like to make some changes:

  • Firstly, I've become aware that I've never really found a substitute for handwriting, even though there were and are many good reasons for abandoning it in my 35 years as a translator. Those of you who defy the odds and continue to do me the honour of reading this blog will not notice a difference in this respect since, to the best of my knowledge, there is still no way of converting handwriting to type? But it will be an opportunity to treat the script as a rough copy, as I did in the old days. That's the idea anyway.
  • Secondly, rather than abandon altogether attempts to comment on the outside world, I thought I might try to  delve into my past and use that as a point of departure.
  • Don't expect miracles, bearing in mind that both my sister and brother have sharper memories than I have.


  1. Anonymous12:22 pm

    I no longer think my memory can be described as "sharp". But rest assured I shall continue to exercise bossy sisterly editorial control, if only to make me feel better about my decrining powers !

  2. Keep going Barnaby - your blog is always a good read.
    My own ailment following bicycle accident in early October is improving but the fact of the disability might even make one appreciate life more.

  3. I’m sorry to hear this, Barnaby. You should write as you please. But the outside world and certain people in it will be getting off easier without your commentary on it.


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