In recent weeks the pubs and restaurants have been allowed to open. I have enjoyed visiting favourite watering holes, sitting around with friends and family talking and drinking real cask ales! It is though a little strange being served by staff wearing masks, but if that is the price we have to pay for a degree of normality, I can live with it [..]
When academics are telling us that in certain circumstances 2+2=5, when numbers are described as a variable, or that “treating math as a universal upholds white supremacy”, one can't help but think we have disappeared a long way down the rabbit hole.
It has become quite apparent that covid-19 is a disease that disproportionately affects the elderly. The risk of children dying from or spreading the condition is tiny.
So why do the majority of schools remain closed, and what damage is this doing to children's education, their mental health and their future opportunities?
Just as our predecessors did, we need to work for the common good, one that improves the lives of all disadvantaged people, and gives them the opportunity to succeed on their chosen path, whatever their ethnic backgrounds. To that end, all lives matter.
I don't dispute that inequality is still an issue today but the reasons are nuanced and so much more complicated than the slogans on the placards would have you believe. I have and always will be an advocate for equality of opportunity for all, and if the present campaign was designed to help all disadvantaged people, you would have my support.
The roads are solid. Trying to get to the pet shop involves crossing the motorway. Coast bound, the traffic has ground to a halt. Cars trying to avoid the hold up are diverting onto the local roads, causing chaos. It is like a regular Bank Holiday. You wouldn't think the lockdown is still in place.
The Cummings effect there for all to see, everyone is looking for their own personal Durham.
The cognitive distortion we see in relation to covid-19 has led to levels of anxiety out of all proportion to the risk. The upshot, and the far more likely outcome for some children, will be lasting damage to their education and future prospects.
Woken at 4am by the dog. Feeling something akin to jet lag now. Bloody infuriating, will be a struggle today. I wouldn't be without him though. My black dog has helped keep *the* Black Dog at bay. And when he looks at you with those big brown eyes, you can't stayed annoyed with him for long!
Today I stumbled across another post on Twitter suggesting that the coronavirus is in fact spread by 5G technology. Why does it appear so many people believe these conspiracy theories to be true? And then I remembered Arthur C Clarke's Third Law [..]
I cannot believe that someone as politically astute as Dominic Cummings would not have known the reaction that was likely to greet news that he had broken the lockdown regulations. Was his decision to travel to Durham a genuine error of judgement or did it amount to hubris? [...]
What's the Point?
Boris Johnson yesterday defended his Chief Advisor, Dominic Cummings, after he apparently broke the lockdown rules shortly after the restrictions had been implemented.
Mr Johnson has effectively re-written the rules for lockdown. Now, when failing to abide by the restrictions, one need only quote Mr Johnson, and claim "I was simply following my instincts".
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