And so the digital age rides to the rescue - NOT. I was trying to send some documents this morning. I was trying and trying and trying and...before this gets too predictable, I shall stop. Being somewhat reliant of digital technology and being caught in an organic shitstorm can leave us rather exposed. Technology has... Continue Reading →
There are woods and there are trees and there is nothing between them but a recognition of either. Today, when the figures are produced, the ones that number the dead, there will be one there that we recognise. I always thought that the numbers would not really hit home until one of them was somebody... Continue Reading →
At last, we have reached the significant number, the one that we are all dreading. It's just another number on the list of numbers of diseases relating to their genetic structure rather than the disease. Therefore, viruses, and the diseases they cause, often have different names. For example, HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. ... Continue Reading →
Survive and Thrive. After The Black Death came a relatively revolutionary time for the rights of serfs. Instead of being tied to the land of their masters, given subsidiary wages (in kind), and being treated as no better than cattle, the surviving poor were now newly empowered. If The Black Death was a dealer of... Continue Reading →
Revelations don't come much bigger. I wasn't on the road to Demascus, I wasn't on any road, I was in my pyjamas and checking my blog. I was checking the reading figures, and that formed art of my revelation - even in times such as this, I am cocerned with Earthly matters. Then it struck... Continue Reading →
I must keep on with documenting this thing as I feel that much of what is happening will be forgotten in the bland normality that will evenually recommence. I was reading about an old people's home in Spain where rescue workers found a number of the residents dead in their beds; undisturbed for days on... Continue Reading →
Finally, my autocorrect has accepted Covid as a word. I have spent 14 days changing it back from Civid. Just shows the new normality that is at work. If the digital world has grown to accept IT, the rest of existence will follow. Tea is still part of our regime. I woke this morning and... Continue Reading →
Last night, the family came together to share each other’s company. We have all our girls back home and, although two of them are now adults, we are still the closely-knit family of the photos in our album. And how time does race past.
Our perception of time alters depending on our circumstances. It either races, during intense activity or feelings of anxiety, or it slows as it is doing now for many people across the world. There are huge spaces where before there was only a block of tasks that demanded our attention. Indeed, we have grown accustomed to sectioning off time into bites that we can digest with a certain amount of ease. Minutes, hours, days and weeks exist in order to make the whole business of living more manageable and, perhaps, more productive. The old idiom, ‘The devil makes work for idle hands,’ suggests that in order…
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A little later…
My mornings begin in roughly the same way. I wake. I climb from bed. I descend the stairs and I boil a kettle. God forbid if this virus interfered with that. Earlier this week, one news article grabbed my attention by the horns. It was a video-report from a hospital in Lombardy and it needed little hype.
There were rows of hospital beds with patients laid flat on their stomachs. They had ventilators attached but were showing no real signs of life. Here, it definitely wasn’t business as usual. For these people, not really patients because they could not really be cared for, the end was definitely nigh. A doctor explained through a facemask that nobody was expected to survive. This was a ward that had become a morgue and these bodies were waiting to be officially pronounced DEAD. The doctor suffered from sleep deprivation; she could not really…
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