People aged 40-49 are to be prioritised for the vaccine in the next phase which means I could be offered my jab anytime from mid-April onwards. This is great news … Continue reading I’m next for the jab, AstraZeneca vaccine cuts hospitalisation risk by 94%, and the South African variant
The UK has made so many mistakes during the pandemic. We started by following the flu pandemic playbook which meant our goal initially was to slow the spread but not … Continue reading A year of blunders
We got some very exciting news today. The home office emailed us to say: I’m sorry, Britain, but this means you’re now stuck with us! I love living in the … Continue reading There’s no getting rid of me now
Oh dear. The world really is conspiring against me. I woke this morning to the news that Boris Johnson has hired Tony Abbott as a Brexit trade advisor. This is … Continue reading The end is near!
The virologist and director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Peter Piot, gives a good interview in this podcast about his experience of catching COVID-19. He first … Continue reading Who is responsible for the UK’s testing strategy?
I’m sorry if everyone is getting sick of reading about the pandemic but a paper was published in Science yesterday which is worth sharing. It’s called Projecting the transmission dynamics … Continue reading What happens next?
I’ve got aches and pains all over and am hobbling around like a wounded animal. No, it’s not coronavirus. It’s because I’ve been doing Joe’s PE lesson at 9am with … Continue reading Lockdown updates
We are now in lockdown. I had hoped it wouldn’t get to this but it seems people have not been obeying the 2m distance rule and so the government yesterday … Continue reading Lockdown with exercise #COVID2019
There was a good press briefing today with Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance in which they explain the reasons for the decisions the UK has made since the start … Continue reading Science press briefing #COVID2019
Ben is working from home starting today. After the Christchurch earthquakes, he was unable to access his office at the university for several months. This time he has had advanced … Continue reading University staff now working from home #COVID2019
I don’t understand the panic buying. Do people not realise you can order groceries online and have them delivered? Anyone facing quarantine can still order groceries and have them delivered … Continue reading Panic buying and the UK response to coronavirus
It was announced today that Scotland is going to be the first part of the UK to outlaw smacking. This is great news. New Zealand banned smacking in 2009 as … Continue reading Smacking to be banned in Scotland
I’ll likely be voting for Labour or SNP on Thursday. I haven’t yet decided which party but I’m leaning towards Labour because I really like Jeremy Corbyn and I want … Continue reading Liar, Liar!
It may not be mayhem in the UK, not yet anyway, but I’m becoming increasingly alarmed by Theresa May. She started off with grand statements about equality and working for … Continue reading Theresa Mayhem
There’s a general election tomorrow in case anyone hadn’t noticed and somewhat surprisingly, I am allowed to vote. This is because I’m a Commonwealth citizen. Some people are not very … Continue reading An election, rtfm, and other matters
I’ve discovered there’s something called the Madagascan Hissing cockroach. These are big mother-fuckers and there’s absolutely no way I’ll be letting Elizabeth adopt one of these as a pet. Fortunately they’re … Continue reading Cockroaches, visas, and the Copenhagen wheel
I have great news which I’m finally allowed to blog about. Some of you may have observed that in the last week or so my mood has improved. But then, … Continue reading I have an announcement to make
I thought I would write about my experiences with the UK state schooling system now that Daniel has been at school here for a good three months. Note that my … Continue reading State schooling in the UK
People in York are shocked when I tell them how much I love living here. Why is that? There’s an assumption that life is better in New Zealand and Australia … Continue reading Quality of life in York