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There is a surreality about existence in a time of civil crisis. We lived through the Canterbury earthquakes, moving through a dream that was a nightmare, and the feelings were vivid but then so quickly forgotten. The events, so meaningful at the time, blurred together and, afterwards, I wished I had kept a coherent narrative of my state and how our world changed, that would have pinned down my thoughts at each point in time and explained them to my future self. So now, in the face of COVID-19, I am going to set myself the task of documenting my experience, and forcing myself to keep on track through putting it out there for others to see, if my thoughts are relevant or interesting to them. In the words of our Prime Minister…let’s do this…

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Fool’s Paradise?

COVID news of this week was that three eminent New Zealanders think we should reopen the border and abandon our elimination strategy. Reactions, and reactions to the reactions, rebounded around the air and social media waves. However, what was reported wasn’t necessarily in the actual conversation piece provided by the previous Chief Science Advisor PeterContinue reading “Fool’s Paradise?”

Letters from Paradise

20 June 2022 Dearest Lou Here I am finally, in New Zealand, very relieved to be here. As you know, we got our first choice quarantine hotel, Millbrook Resort, and the location is truly stunning. There are mountains in every direction you look and we have a view out onto the golf course nearby. IContinue reading “Letters from Paradise”

Reactivity

Everyday events are highlighting my post lockdown levels of reactivity. Perhaps an earthquake doesn’t quite count as an every day event (though in Canterbury it certainly was an every day event for some number of years), but a slight shuddering type earthquake is hardly cataclysmic. My nervous system did not agree with the former statement,Continue reading “Reactivity”

Conspiracies in the corners

My brain took a loose turn this week when considering the New Zealand quarantine issues… There’s an election in New Zealand in September. The current Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has a large fan club. However, that popularity won’t form a complete protection against campaign challenges. Her second tier parliamentarians are weak and the government isContinue reading “Conspiracies in the corners”

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