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#132 Getting in shape during the lockdown

Don’t get me wrong, I was already obese before the lock-down with a body mass index (BMI) of 31.8. The BMI is a convenient rule of thumb used to broadly categorise a person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on tissue mass (muscle, fat, … Continue reading

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#131 Environmental consequences of covid-19

Much has been said about the cleanliness of Venetian canals, of Indian skies and wildlife wandering through lockdowned towns. There is little doubt that global carbon emissions have declined during the pandemic. The International Energy Agency, a policy advisory group … Continue reading

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#130 Struggling with mental health

In these unusual times, the stresses and strains of everyday life, which can seem overwhelming at the best of times,  can be amplified by the pressures of social isolation. A  pandemic raises fears for the health of oneself and others … Continue reading

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#129 Interview with Sam Fires, author of Dog Meat

The Heaps are massive junkyards containing the old world’s scrap and rubbish, which is now a valuable commodity. The heaps are protected by brainwashed children known as ‘heap sharks’ and are ruled over by “Heap Lords” with an iron fist. … Continue reading

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#128 the wider effect of George Floyd’s death

What has been happening around the world in terms of inequality and prejudice is tragic and unacceptable and has been going on for hundreds of years. It is also a shame that it requires tragedies like the death of George … Continue reading

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#127 Remembering Dunkirk

I wanted to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the evacuation at Dunkirk, so I thought I would share this short excerpt from my book, Fred & Leah, which is a fictionalised account of my grandfather’s experience in France – he … Continue reading

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#126 The economic impacts of Covid-19 in Brazil

As you should be able to see from the graph above, about 55 days into the pandemic here, Brazil has not yet managed to bend the curve and is now registering the second-highest official daily total of deaths in the … Continue reading

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# 125 The real losers of the Coronavirus are the usual suspects

Obviously, there are no real winners of the Coronavirus pandemic, unless you count supermarkets and Amazon who seem to be doing quite well at the moment. What I mean by my deliberately provocative title is that there are those who … Continue reading

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#124 Reading The Man in the High Castle

I thought you might be up to your ears in posts about Covid-19, so decided to post a book review this week rather than reporting on the debacle that is unfolding in Brasil. A friend of mine told me he … Continue reading

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#123 Celebrating Easter with Covid-19

When I say Easter, I obviously mean the holiday we are given in April which was the time, the venerable Bede observed, that the pagan Anglo Saxons held their feasts in honour of their goddess Ēostre. She is thought to … Continue reading

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