Scientists: stop proposing forced evolution to a society we won’t be able to endure

I’m going to stop reading the news from now on in order to maintain hope and not get horribly depressed. Scientists are quoted in articles and appear totally disconnected from awareness of basic human need. They talk of permanent changes in response to the virus that come across to me as envisaging a society that … Read moreScientists: stop proposing forced evolution to a society we won’t be able to endure

Boris relaxes rules to diffuse public anger over Cummings

Anyone who thinks the Boris Johnson announcement about six friends and family being able to meet outdoors from Monday isn’t about diluting public anger over Dominic Cummings needs their temperature checked. The R rate is thought to be around 1. It’s too soon. You’re supposed to keep two metres apart. But how many people will … Read moreBoris relaxes rules to diffuse public anger over Cummings

A liberating diagnosis: C-PTSD

A C-PTSD diagnosis is a relief, as it explains so much – just like when adults get diagnosed with autism – but it is also not like an illness that can be cured. I’ve been receiving therapy for just four weeks now via a weekly video counselling call and it’s going well but it is … Read moreA liberating diagnosis: C-PTSD

Who will be the UK Government Prick of the Year by the time it ends?

It will be hard, come the end of 2020, to decide which member of government will deserve the accolade of being dubbed Stupidest Prick of the Year. They appear to have temporarily buried the delightfully kind and team-minded Pratti Patel (of course I jest, and no, she’s not a bully because refugees don’t count and … Read moreWho will be the UK Government Prick of the Year by the time it ends?

Mantra for the Times

I can love and feel without touch; I long for its return. I will not be afraid of humanity; I refuse to deny my own. I can do nothing to destroy the invisible enemy; I can do everything necessary and within my means to keep myself and others alive. I can be political, raging against … Read moreMantra for the Times

Virtual is the Emperor’s New Clothes

Virtual is the Emperor’s New Clothes. Look, people said, we can switch to being contactless creatures living our interactions through screens 24-7 and getting everything delivered. Like we are all living in an episode of Black Mirror. There was an element of novelty at first, if you could turn your thoughts away from mass suffering … Read moreVirtual is the Emperor’s New Clothes

When you lose your mum, and then the plague begins

It is four months today since my mother died in what was her bedroom in my house. I was holding her hand in my hands and guiding her down a sunlit path lined with trees, at the end of which my father waited for her. He was dressed in a smart best suit, and had … Read moreWhen you lose your mum, and then the plague begins

Covid-19: people at their most stupid

I went to buy a couple of new pairs of shorts from my local sports discount store yesterday and covered my mouth to clear my throat while browsing. A woman next to me almost ran, so quick she was to get herself to the other side of the place. It’s getting to a point where … Read moreCovid-19: people at their most stupid

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