Slice of Life - Liz Champion

Slice of Life

  • Here we go again
    At 7.55pm on Monday night, I sit down in front of the TV waiting for the prime minister’s latest briefing. I stare at the screen — that all too familiar feeling of dread stirring in my stomach. It’s a BBC News special anchored by Huw Edwards. ‘We’re expecting an announcement at 8pm,’ he says. I…
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  • Bakewell tart, anyone?
    ‘Bakewell tarts,’ Dad says when I answer the phone. ‘What about them?’ ‘I’ve made some.’ ‘For us?’ ‘Yes. Can you pick them up? Before I eat them all.’ I promise I’ll be straight round and hang up. ‘Chris,’ I shout downstairs to where my husband is hard at work. ‘Stop what you’re doing. There’s cake.’…
  • Pumpkin
    My mum and sister are sitting at the kitchen table, knives in hand, frantically carving when I arrive.
  • The show must go on
    It’s Monday evening, almost seven o’clock, when I go upstairs to play my saxophone. On the TV downstairs, the prime minister is briefing the nation about rising coronavirus cases, local lockdowns, and the three-tier system. I step into my book room and close the door behind me. What the PM failed to realise when he…