Inside a Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Centre

Last week, the government opened 10 new mass vaccination sites across England. I spent the afternoon in one of them and joined two patients on…

Covid-19: Demand for Norfolk school key worker places ‘outstrips supply’

Children of key workers are entitled to attend school during the lockdown, according to government regulations. But many head teachers say they simply do not…

Covid-19 School decision: It’s like the Vicar of Dibley – no, no, no, no… yes.

The following piece was publishd on the BBC News website on 5 January, 2021. Thousands of pupils expecting to return to school in Essex learned…

The message never sent: “Maybe going to die in the container, can’t breathe any more dear.”

The following piece was written and produced for BBC News Online and was published on 21 December, 2020 “Maybe going to die in the container,…

Before Covid-19, working from home was a luxurious oddity. For many it is now the norm

When James and Jo Williamson first started working from home together, everything was fine. “We both had our desks set up in our home office.…

Covid-19 Vaccine: Portraits of Hope

As Covid-19 vaccinations began last week across the UK, I was granted access to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to meet some of those…

The creator of the abbreviation ‘OMG’ would have loved Emojis

The following piece was inspired by and entry in Snopes about the derivation of the term OMG. How interesting, I thought. Then I realised the…

Covid 19 and the curious world of lockdown DIY

“When you called,” architectural photographer Tim Soar told me, “the last thing I thought it would be about was my putting up some shelves.” “Indeed,”…

Cemre Yesil’s Hayal and Hakikat: Thumbs, forefingers and murder in the time of Abdul Hamid II.

For a work so dominated by photographed hands, it is perhaps no accident that Cemre Yesil Gonenli’s Hayal and Hakikat opens with the book maker’s…

Weird Assignments: How to Wear a Scarf. No seriously.

My son asked me whether he could borrow my scarf. Then he asked me how best to tie it up. I told him, “you know…