How we tell our stories

The dreaded hair cut day has come and gone and, like with so many things, it feels a lot better afterwards. That’s a fairly simple and one way story with a happy ending. However, today I was reading a story related to pandemics that isn’t nearly so simple, nor so happy. It’s the story ofContinue reading “How we tell our stories”

Other times, other travails…

So who’s bored with COVID-19? COVID-19 is ever present and ever important but is also getting really really dull! In the first week of Level 4 lockdown I was constantly listening to the radio updates, by week 2 I was definitely in for the 1pm Ardern & Bloomfield Show but not quite as fixated, duringContinue reading “Other times, other travails…”

Day 22 low-jinks

One has to find entertainment where one can these days, particularly if you want it in real life rather than on-line. Therefore, our friend Mandy’s challenge to take the Pure Bread Dog to another level was too hard to resist. Above we present Mixed Bread Cat. Any people willing to take this challenge further, pleaseContinue reading “Day 22 low-jinks”

Eliminate…eliminate…

Here in Gibbston we are trying, in a somewhat futile fashion, to eliminate rabbits on our property. Rabbits are a major pest in much of New Zealand; they eat pretty much anything at their own height, which includes all the grasses and trees that one might want to grow. Consequently, we have to encase everythingContinue reading “Eliminate…eliminate…”

Musical variations & vaccines

I found the above musical depiction of the spike protein of 2019-nCoV (the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease) strangely fascinating (click the link to hear it, you don’t need to listen for too long to ‘get the picture’). Who would have thought that one might turn a protein into a sound image? How did theyContinue reading “Musical variations & vaccines”

My teacups are getting stormy

Last night Mum disappeared off to her room in the middle of making a salad. We waited for a while, not thinking anything was amiss, but then our proposed dinner time came and went so we thought we had better check on her. We found her getting into bed saying that she didn’t want toContinue reading “My teacups are getting stormy”

Future glimpses

Every morning, my first action is check DEMIC for the latest status of COVID-19, COVID-27, AVID-3 and PARAMID-10. I tell myself that it is just good practice, because I need to be able to plan my day and week. However, there is a niggling thought in the back of my brain that reminds me IContinue reading “Future glimpses”

Checking the experiment’s progress

Today is the 15th day since New Zealand launched its large scale experiment in regard to combating COVID-19, so it is time for a scientific post which examines how our experiment is going. In doing this, we have to remember that experimental conditions here are quite different from those in other countries. In addition, thisContinue reading “Checking the experiment’s progress”