Critcon 3 sounds like something from a Cold War nuclear crisis. This NHS alert level records that our local hospital is at full stretch. Last February we watched pictures from Lombardy, Italy, with horror. The new coronavirus seemed to overwhelm its health system; there were not enough ICU beds or ventilators to go round. Soon … Read More
Here we go again
Once bitten, twice shy. Caution characterises this second lockdown. Most, especially the more vulnerable, remain cautious about the virus. But this time there’s a new caution: are we being manipulated by fear? SAGE set out means for “persuasion” back in March. In bold type they wrote “The perceived level of personal threat needs to be … Read More
How fed up are you with Covid?
Grief or personal suffering make Covid very real. But most of us, personally untouched as yet, are just fed up with Covid. We resent the restrictions. We want freedom from fear. We could wish away all the alarmist headlines. But what can we do? Blame others of it? Now local lockdowns are being imposed, the … Read More
It’s all right – I saw it on the telly
The friendly clutch of my forearm took me by surprise. After three months of stringent social distancing, even the pre-lockdown elbow bump seems a distant memory. And now I found myself looking down at the genial grandma who had grabbed my arm in B&Q. “It’s all right” she said, referring to me telling my children … Read More
All in it together?
Slogans are deceptive. They manipulate us into thinking something is obvious when it is not. Take the phrase “we’re all in this together.” Assumption: we are facing the same problem so will act together to solve it. For a while the slogan seemed to work, but only while people were scared they might catch coronavirus … Read More
Are you secretly loving lockdown?
Frustrated bosses are finding some furloughed workers reluctant to return. With the UK heading for the driest May since 1896, topping up the tan on 80% pay doesn’t seem such a bad deal. The ONS report gardening and DIY up 147%. But wonderful weather is not the only reason some people are secretly loving lockdown. … Read More
When Covid Stops Cancer Treatment (2/2)
In a previous post, we heard how Caryll’s life experiences are crucial to her as she lives with cancer. After becoming a Christian in her native South Africa, she learned about God’s care of her as a doctor on St Helena. In this second and final post, we find out about Caryll’s time as a … Read More
When Covid stops cancer treatment (1/2)
A cutting-edge cancer drug had been providing respite for retired doctor, Caryll Coats. But coronavirus shielding has created a terrible problem. With a suppressed immune system she cannot attend hospital appointments lest she catch Covid-19 at hospital. The new treatment that had been preventing the cancer from progressing has stopped. How does she cope? Caryll’s … Read More
Coronaphobia: wise or foolish?
You know things are serious when a new word gets a definition. Now coronaphobia has one. Coronaphobia (noun) – The fear of catching Covid-19, expressed by wearing a face mask in public, or simply avoiding public places, public events and public transport. Our government is finding problems with manipulation by fear. It scared people into … Read More
Whenever you see a rainbow
Rainbows are everywhere. We see them in people’s windows. We see them on banners. We even see them painted on hands and faces. What springs to your mind when you see one? In recent years, rainbow colours have come to be linked with pride flags. With so many lawyers around, we might half expect to … Read More