Magic numbers: a birthday message

‘How old is Buddy in doggy years?’

It’s a crisp, sunny morning in Hampstead Heath and Summer has just witnessed a spectacular catch by our Border Collie. She is struck by his improvement and is obviously pondering the marvels of mental progression.

‘He’s one and…


This one is about death, which I realise is not everyone’s cup of tea. But since it is something we all must taste, we might as well study the ingredients.

Larry King is the latest celebrity victim, and I was upset to hear that the 87-year-old legend hosted his final…


Every winter all the trees lose their leaves, and yet none of them ever worries. Why? Because they know spring always follows.

As all football fans know, the seasons don’t ebb according to the calendar from Jan to December, they flow across years. In the 1997/98 season, Arsenal won the…


Dogs’ lives are short, too short, and even though we know that going in, it still hurt like hell a year ago when I lost my best friend.

Ziggy was a fine pup and a Good Boy — he wasn’t only my best mate, he was Aaron’s too. For 20…


LESSONS FROM A LOST DOG

No one appreciated the very special genius of my conversation as much as Ziggy. He was my muse, my therapist and my best mate. In all the best stories, the dog always dies. …


Four years ago to the day, Americans lined up to vote for their president. Back in 2016, we were still allowed to travel for business and I was in New York City — Trump’s home town. …


Those of you who read the earlier Covid Diaries — back when Buddy was a mere amateur — will remember how my border collie humiliated me by dropping a crucial catch in a pissing context with some dude at the park. We haven’t gone head-to-head with another hound since that…


I’m breaking up with Covid. The love affair was fervent and fun, but the spark is gone. My original goal was to write 19 episodes of these Covid Diaries, culminating in Covid-19 and revealing the meaning of it all. …


The world is in Lockdown and Elon Musk is sending dudes to space.

It’s not unheard of for a space race to take place during times of immense uncertainty and social tension. …


The finest teacher I’ve ever known was born today. Aaron turns only 6, but I’ve learned more from him in these years than I did in the three decades prior to his arrival. When we found out what he was, I felt drenched by all the world’s rain, but he…

Gareth Kobrin

An open source diary tackling the hard truths of the pandemic. Focused on facts, figures and finding the funny side of this unique time.

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