Conversations

I’ve never lost a person I’ve loved. I’ve never been floored or questioned death or talked about death or even thought about death. And I never expected that my first opportunity to do so would be with the knowledge of my own approaching death.

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The Starling

My son is six and learning how to mend a puncture. He’s learning what to glue and tape and how to put the chain back on his bike but also that there are some things in life that can’t be fixed.

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The End of Beauty

At 8.30 am on the 9th of August this year, the driver of a school bus parked up on the main road of a busy market area in the town of Dahyaan, in the Saada province of Yemen. The driver parked near a number of small shops and next to a street food restaurant. Traders whizzed by on bicycles carrying their wares in baskets; schoolchildren passed by carrying their backpacks.  

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The Dishwasher

To a friend:

Thank you for that moment in the kitchen after my wife’s head dropped and she began to cry. Not for the warmth of the embrace that followed but for the moment just after when you turned from, her and quietly, gently emptied the dishwasher.

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Motel Blues

During all these interviews for ITV and Channel 5 no one asked me about all the many times I’ve let my wife down or why I can sometimes seem so aloof. Nothing about the fact that if I’d managed to secure life insurance we wouldn’t be in this mess.

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questions & answers

When my baby boy is a few years older, and I’m no longer here, he’ll find I’ve made him a cloud file containing a short film of me making scrambled eggs in the kitchen in my underpants.

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