Sorry I have been missing for a couple of days. Friends have called and nice long chats with them have intervened. There are only some times during the day when putting a post on is possible. First thing in a morning my carer calls and helps me dress and gets my breakfast. When she has gone it is News time and The Times has arrived so it is Mind Games and reading the news. At the moment the earthquake makes compulsive reading - such a terrible tragedy. I have been to Antakya many years ago now with my first husband when we had been on an exhausting holiday of ancient sites and stayed in Antakya in a lovely hotel to recuperate before flying home. It is all so dreadful - families torn apart, children who now have no parents and parents who wait by the ruins in the freezing cold nights in the almost certain vain hope of the rescuers finding their children alive. And on the Syrian side of the border an even worse situation we cannot possibly imagine.
Then there are all the weird objects flying about in the sky and being hunted and shot down. We just .can't imagine where the world is heading.
My 'evening' carer comes for an hour at 4pm (it will get later as the nights get lighter) and by the time I have eaten my tea my mind is really past being in the right frame to think if posting.
So here I am at eleven o'clock in the morning. Friends almost always call on Sunday afternoons. Iwas intending to write about the role of women and discrimination. But I think it is too late to begin now and you will have read enough - so I shall stop, finish the codeword and leave women until tomorrow. See you then.