COVID-19 Origins & Motivations

When in Rome, do as the Romans do…modified for Gibbston. One must make the most of the snow and when the weather is sunny. This week two papers were published in Science (a highly regarded scientific journal) which suggest that the Huanan Wet Market (a market selling live animals to be eaten) in Wuhan wasContinue reading “COVID-19 Origins & Motivations”

Dear Mike Hosking…

For the offshore reader, Mike Hosking is a voluble and high profile radio talk show host who is very vocal in his opposition to cycleways and the impossibility of cycling being a significant local transport option in New Zealand. He unfortunately and antagonistically reduces the debate to a head-on conflict between motorists and cyclists, whoContinue reading “Dear Mike Hosking…”

Returning to the not-so-smug hermit kingdom

We have been out of New Zealand for two months, hard to believe it is that long, and it is time to go back. The fears we had when we came to Europe have not come to pass, so I am hoping the same of our return. When we left for Europe people asked concernedlyContinue reading “Returning to the not-so-smug hermit kingdom”

Best Birthdays

As anyone with an increasing birthday count knows, the significance of the day dwindles with each reoccurrence. However, one should never miss an opportunity to celebrate because you never know how many such opportunities you will be lucky enough to have – no point in wasting them. And one of the better things about gettingContinue reading “Best Birthdays”