A breath of fresh air

On March 22nd I wrote my first COVID-19 post, the day after Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand was on Level 2 Alert and the third day after the New Zealand borders were closed, on March 20th (after people entering being required to self quarantine from March 16th). On March 23rd it was announced that NewContinue reading “A breath of fresh air”

High trust – high risk

Beware of people handing you water bottles (no Greeks bearing gifts around right now) – in this case it was no stranger, but Chris kindly giving me a drink on our ride today. I took a swig, swallowed involuntarily, then said, “WHAT WAS IN THAT WATER BOTTLE?”. Chris took a look, said, “I don’t thinkContinue reading “High trust – high risk”

Is this experiment set up right?

Today I felt like I had COVID-brain. That does not mean I have a cough, or a fever, but my brain seems to be working at half speed compared to normal. I start something, then forget what I am doing half way through the activity as something else distracts me. I am talking to someone,Continue reading “Is this experiment set up right?”

Contentment as a condition

I kicked myself out of the house this afternoon to get some exercise, clear my brain and find some inspiration. It was one of those brilliant autumn days in Central Otago and there was a sense of perfection in the blue sky, turquoise water and gold and green hills, studded with crimson rose hips (aContinue reading “Contentment as a condition”

The experiment begins…

Our household is dominated by scientists (sorry, Mum) which means that we oscillate between being interested in the progress of a set of enormous, international COVID-19 management experiments, and being concerned for all the people who are the subjects of these experiments. I might be stretching things here, I am very interested in the experimentsContinue reading “The experiment begins…”