UK trumps Israel

Today’s question is, why is there such a difference between the state of COVID infections in the United Kingdom and Israel? This question is related to my current personal question, which is, how long do I want to have between my Pfizer COVID vaccine injections? This latter question is something that anyone who isn’t yetContinue reading “UK trumps Israel”

Singing as meditation

Spring is springing? spronging?, sprunging? in Gibbston, despite Level 4 lockdown. Plants pay no attention to human lockdowns. In fact, spring is early this year – we have had such a mild winter that the trees started budding in July. The days are getting longer and the sun slants in at the angle that showsContinue reading “Singing as meditation”

Back to deep breathing

I wake up on day 2 of our new lockdown and listen to the quiet. It is very very quiet, like when there’s been a fall of snow and the whole world sounds hushed. I wonder if it really is more quiet than normal – this is a pretty quiet place in general – andContinue reading “Back to deep breathing”

The cage gilding fell off

Well, bugger. We knew delta variant was likely to ‘get in’ to New Zealand, we knew that a rapid lockdown was the almost guaranteed result, but knowing the punch is coming doesn’t seem to mean that your stomach does hurt when fist and gut collide. I’m back to taking comfort from the mountains – luckyContinue reading “The cage gilding fell off”

Birds in a gilded cage?

This week the New Zealand news headlines featured the IPCC climate change report and the Skegg report on reopening of Fortress New Zealand in a COVID world, together with the government’s related announcement on opening plans. The IPCC report, with its wealth of evidence of extreme climate events throughout the world compared with the 2013Continue reading “Birds in a gilded cage?”

Beating biases

This week my brain has kept on trying to warp my perception of English COVID figures. When Boris threw English doors to COVID wide open on ‘Freedom Day’ (July 19th), he was criticised in many quarters as ‘wildly’irresponsible‘. Projections were made by some epidemiologists that daily COVID cases might rise as high as 100,000 perContinue reading “Beating biases”