Monday, 21 September 2020

Covid Mythbusting

Patrick Vallance and Chris Witty delivered an exemplary piece of mythbusting today.

- No, the virus isn't becoming less dangerous, however much we might wish it were. 
- No, the recent increases aren't due to increased testing.
- No, we are nowhere near developing herd immunity in the UK.
- No, we can't learn to just 'live with Covid'.

And yes, although treatment has improved, we all have to work as community to prevent a huge increase in cases, hospitalisations and deaths over the winter.  

With luck, there will be a vaccine in early 2021. 

Monday, 14 September 2020

Is There Life On Venus?

 Well, we just don't know!  (To quote).  However, The Sky at Night has just beautifully explained the science, the hope and the doubt.  Such Joy!!!

Watch it here.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Garden : Mid September

 A surprisingly hot and sunny mid-September day.  A garden full of tomatoes and laundry.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Farewell Clare

A great newspaper doesn’t just have excellent Investigative journalism and incisive - and provoking - opinion pieces.  It also contains a penumbra of other features that build a sense of a broad, common community amongst its readers.  Over the years The Guardian (*my* newspaper) has achieved this  by nurturing a rich diversity of talented people, from Araucaria to Nancy Banks-Smith, Clive James to Jill Tweedie.  There was some resonance to the old classified adverts urging us to ‘Share a Flat with a Guardian Reader’.  

Arguably, this sense of a shared community comes through particularly in a newpaper’s cartoons.  In the last fifty years, this has been an area where The Guardian has excelled.  Brian McAllister’s ‘Little Boxes’, Polly Simmonds’ ‘Mrs Weber’s Diary,’ Garry Trudeau in his pomp, and many others are still remembered with enormous pleasure.  

So I was saddened to read that Covid cuts have led to the termination of Harry Venning’s ‘Clare in the Community’ strip, and thought Clare’s final comment particularly apposite (‘Clare in the community: farewell to social workers?’, 25/8/2020).  All the more so when I discovered that Steve Bell’s ‘If…’ cartoon will be ending next year, after nearly forty years of joyful rudeness to those in power.  

I fear my daily paper will be the poorer for these departures.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

More Lockdown Food

 Homemade Naans    

Tuesday, 4 August 2020