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Folk Weekend Oxford (FWO)

Folk Weekend Oxford (FWO)

This weekend was Folk Weekend Oxford 2021 (the event previously know as the Oxford Folk Festival). The whole shebang was put together virtually, using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook. What a mammoth task, but thankfully, no mammoths were hurt during the weekend. Well, hardly any. My contribution was...

Jim Knight and Howard Hill
Wantage Community Church

Wantage Community Church

I was delighted to be invited to play bass in the worship band today. Annie (my minder for the day) accompanied me (no, not on tambourine!) and set up my bass amp, bass and iPad stand. I was still suffering from dizziness, but keeping myself fairly still I was able to play and it was a real joy...

Scutchamer Knob
Scutchamer Knob

Scutchamer Knob

Annie and I drove to the car park on the Ridgeway just above West Ilsley, and we walked to Scutchamer Knob and back. Although it sounds like a gentleman's affliction, our destination was an early Iron Age barrow. It is a semi-circular bank but originally it was probably a round barrow. Its...

Howard’s bird feeder

Howard’s bird feeder

It's been a bit quiet on the garden bird front this year. However, on the 16th April 2021 I saw a pair of blue tits using the facilities. I opened our conservatory window quietly, grabbed my camera and long lens, and snap snap.  

The snow it snoweth all day long

The snow it snoweth all day long

12th April 2021 and the country was ready for the next phase in the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Today was the day when hospitality venues (and other stuff) were allowed to re-open. For hospital venues, read pubs! And would you believe it, when I opened the bedroom curtains, I saw snow!...

SpecSavers
I heard that… pardon?

I heard that… pardon?

Today I went for an appointment to SpecSavers. To have my hearing checked. So the guy put headphones on me and gave me a buzzer and sent all sorts of noises at me. I dutifully pressed the buzzer each time I could hear a noise. Anyway - much to my surprise the very next thing he said was "So do...

Passing on the baton

Passing on the baton

I took the plunge today. I stopped receiving email sent to my work email address. The reason is that I have sold First Ideas Limited to my wonderful son Gordon Hill. Over the past 9 months he and I have been sorting ourselves out, passing things over and so on. It's not as easy or quick as...

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

Having been abandoned by the usually dutiful Annie, I spent Easter all alone. Well, no she didn't abandon me and no, I wasn't alone. That was just a bit of drama for effect. Yes, Annie had gone to visit AJ for Easter, but the trip had been planned for some time and they wouldn't see each other...

Annie and Howard
Loud Sound

Loud Sound

Saturday morning - Annie kindly drove me to the JR but this time came in with me. We were there for nearly 9 hours (similar to yesterday) but it was worth the effort. Once more I was examined and tested, had a cannula fitted, and this time an MRI scan. My goodness, that wasn't very nice. 1 hour...

JR Cannula
Dizzy

Dizzy

I awoke on Thursday 25th March 2021 feeling very poorly. The room was spinning, my vision was blurred and I was seeing double. I thought nothing of it. Just a one-off. The next morning the same thing happened. So Annie rang 111 and after answering many questions, a medical team was sent out....