8 April 2021 Life and Risk Perceptions. By Lynda Goetz My neighbour’s father has just died of lung cancer at the age of 90. He was a lovely man (who incidentally had never smoked) and we are all saddened. For his daughter and son-in-law who had looked after him at home for the final 6… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: Life and Risk
Cover Page, 8 April 2021, Issue 274 Welcome to our latest edition. This week we consider: life, risk and Covid-19; a craven establishment; second jabs; a new Northeast Passage; Scottish independence; a Corbynista’s week; the universal formula for today’s tv gameshows and competitions… Share this using…FacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
8 April 2021 A Streak of Yellow And a turning tide. By John Watson The combination of spring weather and falling Covid figures has made this an optimistic Easter as, with a few restraints to be sure, the nation has smelt the scent of revival. A close boat race, drinks in the garden with friends,… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: A Streak of Yellow
8 April 2021 Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Second jabs! by David Chilvers The UK continues to make excellent progress with the vaccination rollout. As of today (Wednesday 7th April), over 31.5 million adults had received at least one jab and over 5.5 million their second jab. With the programme having started in earnest in… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: Second Jabs!
08 April 2021 “Let ‘Em Go” by J.R. Thomas In times such as these, a man’s hand must inevitably reach for a Trollope. Politicians may preen and posture, society may shriek and strike poses, all around may be chaos and fantasy. But Trollope reminds us, again and again, that this is nothing new. Britain has… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: “Let ‘Em Go”
8 April 2021 The Northeast Passage Trade and conflict. By Neil Tidmarsh The Ever Given has been re-floated, the Suez Canal has been unblocked, and by now – a week later – the backlog of 425 other cargo ships waiting to pass through must have been cleared. But the unfortunate Ever Given remains in the… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: The Northeast Passage
8 April 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Nippers on the March by Don Urquhart 1 April 1964 was the year the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on Robben Island. In his London Grammar School Corbynista discovered that being a socialist was a minority sport. We held a mock… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: Diary of a Corbynista
8 April 2021 Pandemic Games All in the format. By Robert Kilconner It must an easy business, the creation of new television programmes. “Good morning Smithers” says the Network Manager. “I gather you have a new program for us. Please can I have an outline?” “Yes,” Smithers replies. “Each episode begins with a group of… Continue reading Issue 274: 2021 04 08: Pandemic Games