We’ve been through a little of what’s happened around the world over the past seven days, and picked out some of what’s gone on to see if you noticed as well.
For me, these questions – almost all from the headlines or linked to them – are harder than last week’s … at least, they were until I saw the answers.
The plan is to put the solution up on Friday. Good luck!
Hello – The Phraser is back. Hope all is well with you.
It’s autumn here – colours and cold are in flux, and everyone cautious about how best to reach the end of 2020. Plenty of pondering going on so I thought a crossword might suit.
The theme is current affairs with the topics picked from the news around the world. I hope, helper permitting, to do something similar next week, with answers posted on a Friday.
Have fun! No masks required.
So It Goes – Travels in the Aran Isles, Xian and places in between by Nicolas Bouvier
This collection of essays begins with a river and the road beside it, that “winds without rhyme or reason where it could run straight” .
Together they set the compass for Nicolas Bouvier’s meander beside people and their places, with moments picked out like glistening pebbles.
Here are the answers! I know you’ve been waiting. Thanks for giving it a go.
Now you can relax … although there may be more next week.
Away from my Desk
I just wanted to let you know that I am going to take a break for a few weeks. You may well not even notice, given that my blogging is so erratic these days, but at least there is a note on the page in case you do decide to look in.
Thanks to everyone who’s been reading and taking the time to comment. It is so good to know that you’re out there. Special thanks also to the brave ‘free writers’ who joined me during the early months of lockdown. I loved the company and the mini-thought posts that came with it. Bizarre how long ago it feels now.
Finally, a big mention to Zim, where the challenges only seem to multiply. It’s extraordinary to watch the fight against corruption and abuse … so determined despite the terrible odds. I’ve felt a sort of agonising grief/hope with each painful step forward, and truly can’t imagine the courage it takes. I’ll keep watching.
Well … that’s it.
Wishing you the best wherever you are, and hope to see you again sometime in September.
Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2020
Caged bird – Zimbabwe, Africa
Zimbabwe is in real trouble – in a frantic struggle for breath.
The police and military are on the streets trying to force the people back inside – to keep them away from the demonstration against corruption that has been called for tomorrow. Evidence of whippings and intimidation already circle social media.
London – during lockdown 2020
Four months of lockdown is a long time.
The door has opened slowly over the last few weeks but life still feels strangely slow motion, especially here in the City of London.
Live Show, Drink Included – Collected Stories by Vicky Grut (published by Holland Park Press)
I was hooked instantly by this collection of stories. Each one, layered with dialogue, let me witness from the inside.