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What we Have Seen Oxfordshire CC shut this road off for several nights and spent a shed load of money, making road “bike-friendly” in response to COVID. Result: a road marking system that is confusing for drivers and cyclists and... More…
COVID Misinformation

COVID Misinformation

Tech companies are removing ‘harmful’ coronavirus content – but who decides what that means? The “infodemic” of misinformation about coronavirus has made it difficult to distinguish accurate information from false and misleading advice. The major technology companies have responded to... More…
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what we have seen In other countries, it’s the govt that supplies free compulsory face masks. Not in good old Blighty, £5 to ensure compliance Rules for keeping the pub open during pandemic times. COVID crazy golf. “Oh, I do... More…
“…we’re not doing that!” Covid-19, face-mask wearing and public health messaging

Face-mask wearing and public health messaging

‘I was in the Co-op and I heard a child ask his father if he could have a face mask like mine.  The father replied, ‘no, don’t be so soft, we’re not doing that!’ There has recently been a major... More…
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What we have seen this week There are so many things wrong with these HM Government adverts, but even in their own terms, will they persuade even a one person to change their behaviour.  Just more crap PR and slogans. ... More…
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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…