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?

Sat drinking the first Costa coffee in three months, watching people going about their business. Something so simple, and yet it lifts the spirits to see a return to some semblance of normality.

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.

“You're either with me or you're against me” is the mantra by which many live their lives these days. There is no nuance, there is no attempt to understand, there is no tolerance.

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.

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".


I have been dipping in and out of Twitter for the last couple of weeks, the first time I have done so in over a year. I know, I vowed to avoid it, but I couldn't help myself. I shouldn't have bothered. It hasn't changed. It is still full of half truths and lies masquerading as fact, angry rants in place of nuanced discourse. It remains the cesspit of intolerance it always was [...]

Thoughts on the lockdown and the potential damage to children's education and their future prospects.

Rabbit in the Headlights

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics the total number of excess deaths in the UK was over 53,000 in early May. Covid-19 was responsible for 37,187 (75%) of those excess deaths. For families who have lost a loved one, this is a terrible time, but we need to put the figures into context.


The situation is not simply about the Wealth of the Nation. The country is heading into recession, and we need to consider the overall health of the nation.

Simple Pleasures

With the easing of the lockdown we took the for a walk at one of our favourite locations. It was glorious.

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