It’s been almost three weeks of holiday — and when you’re a writer with a 12-year-old, you get to take off school holidays too.  Amsterdam was lovely as ever; the hotel, courtesy of, far more gorgeous and starry than I would ever normally have been able to afford; and my Dutch publisher (the wonderful Thille Dop) is now officially my child’s personal pop idol.  Poor child had never seen anyone quite so glamorous attack a lobster with both hands before.  

Then back home and off to Suffolk, where reality is a distant concept, and the lack of internet, telephone, television, and even radio (if we forget to buy batteries) is amazingly soothing.  I love not hearing the news for a few days.  Particularly in the weeks leading up to an election.  I have an irresistible urge to shout SHUT UP ALL OF YOU at the radio and TV.  I don’t believe any of the silly promises, and will vote as I always have, for the good guys.

But school starts tomorrow, the alarm is set for 6:15, and my diary is so jammed full of talks and conferences and dental appointments in the upcoming weeks, that I have a 12-year-old’s urge to run away.  The child was teary at bedtime, and so was I.  I suppose that’s what comes of refusing to grow up.


5 thoughts on “Reality bites

  1. bookwitch 9 years ago

    Excuse a foreigner with no vote, but are there good guys? Who? Where?

    1. Meg 9 years ago

      As a foreigner with a vote, I’d say yes. Labour traditionally represents the underdog, the immigrant, the workers. There are great wobbles, yes, and Tony Blair has a lot to answer for. But David Cameron shows up in a nice sweater and everyone seems willing to forget that he fronts a party invested in the haves, big business, and the rich. Nothing’s going to change that.

  2. Hannah 9 years ago

    Amsterdam is a beautiful city! I saw an exhibit of those photos in New York. Such an interesting story, there. Unfortunately restoration has (ironically) damaged them quite a bit. 🙁

  3. Gail 9 years ago

    At least your campaigns there are short and sweet. Oh that the US would follow suit.

    1. Meg 9 years ago

      So true. Still remember my shock when I voted in my first UK national election — kept searching the ballot for the names of potential prime ministers, in vain, of course.

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