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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…