Absolutely Nothing to See

I have nothing to report, apart from blessedly continuing, good physical health. I can’t vouch for my state of mind. In County Dublin we’re restricted to movement within 5 km of home, the weather is filthy, the shops are shut and online get-togethers are truly no substitute for real encounters.

I am working, nudging Dr Dan’s next book along at a snail’s pace and knocking out the occasional piece of journalism, but all work and no play would make Laurie a very dull girl indeed so, like a bright-eyed playgroup leader, I try to have a range of other activities to offer myself. Reading some of those yellowing, unread books, a bit of knitting (last week I mastered basic cable stitch), an hour of drawing. Days of the week are barely distinguishable. Tuesday is craft group, Sunday is church, both on Zoom. That’s about all.

I’m aware of friends and children and grandchildren who are struggling, and I sense tension between those who think normal life has gone forever and those who think we should just take our chances and get on with it.

I eat strange, fridge-clearing combos  –  the bacon and marmalade sandwich worked quite well. My voice grows croaky through lack of use. I reconsider my wardrobe. Since I’m unlikely ever again to go to a party or a first night, I reckon I might as well wear my sequins to work. Is this how the descent into dottiness begins?

It occurs to me that my mailing list subscribers are due a little something. I wonder who they’d like to hear from? I’m thinking, maybe Buzz Wexler or Lubka, or even both. But, suggestions on a postcard, please.



  1. Catherine Bradley on February 10, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Buzz Wexler and Lubka would no doubt both have some pithy observations to make about our current circumstances which I for one would like to hear. Even better if you could resurrect Maybell Brumby, I just loved her take on things and Gone with the Windsors was an absolute delight. Thank you!

    Hope you find inspiration for Dr Dan. I am really looking forward to the next instalment. If you could make this one a tad longer it would be much appreciated as I gobble them up very quickly. No pressure of course!

  2. Wendy Chappell on February 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    I want to know if Peggy married Cort and ‘adopted’ Grice.
    I’m looking forward to another Dr Dan book too.
    I have all your books and re-read them over and over again. When I get to the last one, I start again from the beginning. I could probably go on Mastermind with “The works of Laurie Graham” as my specialist subject.

  3. Jo Maddox on February 11, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Wendy Chappel that’s exactly what I do!! What about poor old Chedwyn from Mr Starlight or the lovely Lizzie from Perfect Meringues and Anyone for Seconds. There are so many characters to love and enjoy from you Laurie. Please keep writing. Need to know what’s next for Dr Dan. XX

  4. Linda F on February 15, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Was just about to read a library book called Worktown based on Mass Observation studies in Bolton and some moron has pencilled notes and boxed in some paragraphs. Is there anything more infuriating?

  5. Liz Pearce on February 15, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    How about Chedwins daughter Jennifer or Maybells great niece Floras daughter from gone with the Windsors there are so many people even more from Bobs and Babs or Emeralds family in America from the untouchables just pick one of the many thanks for everything liz Pearce

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