I don’t think surprised is the right word, but one of the things that has been niggling at my brain during this pandemic is all the economic reporting. While it’s clear why hospitals and supermarkets need to remain open, and, yes, there needs to be some kind of childcare provision for those workers, it is … Continue reading The illness and the illusion
I sat for several minutes looking at the blank space at the end of the title. I don't know what to call this. It's not really a lockdown. My wife just went out for a bike ride. I went for a walk in the wind yesterday. Some of my colleagues have been to work. But … Continue reading 8 Short posts about lockdown
One of the many things I learned from the Rev. Dougie Davies' Social Anthropology course at university is that our concept of morality is inextricably linked to our concept of the social. You don't need a religious framework to know that anti-social behaviour is immoral. What we think of as "anti-social" evolves alongside our society … Continue reading Social = Moral
It goes away… As we huddle, or not, in our homes, and wait it out, or not, it’s interesting to ponder the response of the UK government, and that of the US government, in comparison to all the others. Europe, we’re told, is now the epicentre, with Italy the epic entry point for a disease … Continue reading The Uncertainty Pandemic
One thing I’ve noticed about many (or even most) of my podcast friends is that they have questionable taste in music. This should not be much of a surprise, since they also demonstrate questionable taste elsewhere. For example, many of them like comic books; others like Star Wars; others play Dungeons and Dragons. Needless to … Continue reading Nerds have bad taste
Today, Saturday, I woke up for the first time in 15 days without a sore throat, a feeling that there was some obstruction down there, making it difficult to swallow. I felt rough on the first weekend, and ran through an NHS questionnaire thing. One of the questions was, Are you drooling? And what if … Continue reading My fourteen days of mild discomfort
Perspective Listen, it’s not so much that I want to jump on a bandwagon, but there’s still a media studies teacher buried deep inside me, and I have this blog, see, and it’s for writing things. I’ve been on a news diet in 2020, in recovery after the three year slow motion car crash of … Continue reading Station Nineteen?