About this blog

This is a window into the weird world of Anglicanism, as experienced on a Cathedral Close. Has anything much happened since Trollope's Barchester Chronicles? You will still see the 'canon in residence' hurrying across to choral Evensong, robes flapping, as the late bell chimes. But look carefully and you will notice he is checking the football score on his iPhone as he runs. This is also a writer's blog. It charts the agony and ecstasy of the novelist's life. And it's a fighter's blog. It charts the agony and ecstasy of the judo mat. Well, the agony, anyway.

Sunday 23 January 2011

Walking into the Sunset

Sunset over Lichfield cathedral last Friday afternoon. The chancellor and I were taking a turn around Stowe Pool. This is not a new thing for 2011. We are forever walking round Stowe Pool. Or running round it. We run to keep fit really, (in my case, very slowly), but a nice by-product is that we intimidate people by a tactless impression of sportiness. I still find this strange. Although I've been doing judo and running for 10 years now, I still think of myself as a slob. Some kind of body dismorphia, I suppose. A bit like when you're heavily pregnant and you keep turning sideways to let people through doorways. Maybe in another 10 years I'll have got the hang of it.

There are rules concerning the New Things I'm doing in 2011, by the way. One rule is that I have to nominate the new activity in advance. I can't simply observe 'Gosh! I've never topped up the coolant in the car before--that's my new thing for the week!' Next week, I may be joining a singing group on a Monday night, as my judo session has been cancelled. You will be the first to know...

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