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What we have seen this week Who will miss the deserted streets after the end of lockdown? Distancing advice at the lakeside: the length of a sunbed A new beer inspired by the coward/liars Johnson and Cummings First pub visit... More…
Life Interrupted: COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

Life Interrupted: COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

I was recently one of three middle-aged students to attend an outdoors, socially distanced yoga class in the countryside near my home in Somerset. We set out our mats and before the class started, the teacher, a white woman, asked... More…
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What we have seen   Some people feel so strongly about what has happened during COVID that they are hanging professionally made posters on their houses.   Preparations being made for first post lockdown market. New rules for going to... More…
Why are black and Asian people at greater risk of coronavirus? Here’s what we found

Why are black & Asian people at greater risk of coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic has markedly increased awareness of health inequalities. Researchers have long understood that ethnicity and socioeconomic conditions play a major role in influencing our health, but the pandemic has illuminated these stark inequalities and the need for urgent action... More…
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What we have seen this week Protests outside Oriel College, Oxford, to remove the statue of white supremacist Cecil Rhodes  Poster seen on wall. ‘Keep your distance’ notice on classroom door in Sweden. The classroom is the same size as... More…
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What We Have Seen Easy to do the right thing (?) Social distancing advice in a Swedish restaurant. Pop up caravan shop outside a local pub in Colchester has decided to leave the precise distance up to the individual customer’s... More…
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What we have seen Notice on Worthing Pier Local people decorating the social distancing markers on the promenade ‘Look after one another. Keep your distance’ – Notice in Swedish park Apparently outside a hospital in Lewisham Local Pub in Oxford... More…
Health Inequalities and COVID-19

Health Inequalities and COVID-19

why the poor and disadvantaged are more likely to die Anxious politicians want to make the case that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, in order to frame the fatalities as effecting us equally. As the BBC’s Emily Maitlis made clear in her... More…
The psychology of mutual aid

The psychology of mutual aid

making sense of the public response to coronavirus (and how to sustain it) in an era of entrenched inequality Worthing is a Sussex town on the south coast. In the last few weeks, as Coronavirus has swept through our country,... More…
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What We Have Seen March 26th. Colchester. Junk mail still arriving – the local pizza place doesn’t seem to be up to speed with the details of the lockdown regulations! After some weeks, local shop finally has delivery of hand... More…
‘It’s a kind of magic’

‘It’s a kind of magic’

Coronavirus attire, mimesis and the limits of rationalism[1] Over the past few weeks, airport travel has had the feel of a global game of musical chairs, with everyone scrambling to find their seat (i.e., return home) before the music stops... More…
The first of April and who was laughing?

The first of April and who was laughing?

April fool anyone? Or perhaps an April fish? Not in the mood? No, me neither. Although my younger daughter cling-filmed the toilet bowl and salted her mother’s morning cup of tea. My age-dulled palate barely registered the salt, and an... More…