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Tiers of a clown…

Tiers of a clown…

This week I’ve been trying to make sense of the supposed Tory party backbench revolt on the new three-tier system introduced in England after lockdown two. Reports tell us that 55 Tory MPs voted against the government and a further... More…
Gallery (with a substantial meal special)

Gallery (with a substantial meal special)

What is a Substantial Meal?  As lockdown 2 ends in England, many places will be moving into Tier 2 restrictions, where one can only purchase a drink if you also purchase a ‘substantial meal’.  This has led the editors of... More…
Antibiotics: Handle with Care

Antibiotics: Handle with Care

At around 7 o’clock on Friday last week, the third day of World Anti-Microbial Awareness Week, I went downstairs and put a tray of oil in the oven to heat up while I showered, ready for the chips I planned... More…
Laurel and Hardy vs the anti-vaxxers

Laurel and Hardy vs the anti-vaxxers

“People who spread myths about the harms of vaccines have “blood on their hands”. These words came from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock little more than 18 months ago in an article in which he said that he refused to... More…
Gallery

Gallery

What We Have Seen Let’s not distance the social! In light of recent events important to note that there are other ‘White Houses’ around.  This one, in Oxford, is being taken over by the Tap Social Movement which grew out... More…
Self-Harm: Response and Reaction

Self-Harm: Response and Reaction

Self-harm is clinically referred to as Non-Suicidal Self-Injury.  It is described as an act which causes direct harm to the body but one where the focus is harm itself and not some other goal. Research into self-harm over the last... More…
Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Sweden is no libertarian paradise for dealing with COVID

Libertarian and conservative commentators extol Sweden as an alternative model for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic that steers away from the lockdowns with which we are familiar in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Elon Musk and Toby Young,... More…
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Gallery

What we have seen Pod Dinning “You have the right to paid overtime! Union members will not work for free.” Swedish University teachers and researchers campaign. The great hope for the weekend! From https://www.flyingleaps.co.uk/ Seen at a bus stop in... More…
Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf in the time of Covid

Deaf people are not, by nature of their hearing impairment, at any increased risk from Covid-19 than the general population.  However, the strategy developed and implemented by the government to control the spread of the virus disproportionately disadvantages D/deaf people.... More…
Gallery

Gallery

What we have seen Lay Virology – washing the shopping bags Advice to library visitors (Sweden) 28 Weeks Later; still advertising March events in October Some type of grim metaphor of our times. Party shop has gone out of business... More…
Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education

It will have come as little surprise to many that the current Government is nasty. Indeed even columnists for the Times newspaper openly state that  – ‘Tories are expected to be bastards — this is priced in’.  Some who voted... More…
Intersectional Discrimination: COVID-19, Racism and Speciesism

Intersectional Discrimination: COVID-19, Racism and Speciesism

It is a common fact that the world has changed dramatically over the last few months due to the spread of COVID-19. On a global scale, people’s lives have been transformed, and economic systems have been under immense strain. With... More…