March 4, 2024

Chapter 8 – the Ubuntu Touch project is up and running (again)

I have been using the Volla phone 22 since it arrived in August… and, after a few initial hitches, reboots in the night and griping about the camera, I have got used to it and it’s a good daily companion.

Chapter 7 – still living in the Corona Era

From my perspective, there are two broad issues which I see behind the Corona-virus pandemic and those are climate change with the expansion of human habitation and the issue of education/learning. Climate change is, in itself, an amalgamation of many, many issues and I will note a few of them below.

Chapter 6 – Reflections on Englishness, Britishness and living in Europe

When people in Germany, where I live now, ask if something is “typically English”, I am often at a loss to explain and frequently say that it isn´t. It may be typical of a part of the population but not in a general sense for all.

Chapter 5 – Update on various topics

Here is a quick update on various topics that I´ve mentioned recently, I´ve divided them up into paragraphs. Hopefully something interesting in here for any readers.

Challenges for “new normal” life – part one

Today, I got an email from my oldest daughter´s school with advice for parents of school children about how school might be restarted after the Corona “break”. Among various guidelines was a line which caught my attention along the lines of “the mix of regular school attendance and learning in a home based situation can be expected to last well into the next school year”. It was well hidden amongst guidelines and advice for travel to and from school and what to do and not to do when in school.

Living in the Corona Era

Flicking through today´s news items I stumbled upon several short articles dealing with the issue of immunity after SARS-Cov-2 infection. There is certainly no current consensus on the issue and, at the current time, no hard data to prove things one way or the other. This made me think about possible scenarios after the current first wave of infections. If the immunity that those who have been infected develop lapses within a year or two then we may well enter into a cycle of waves of infections, each modulated by the levels of social distancing and the numbers of infections in the region. This would imply that we might need to significantly reduce the density of interaction and concentrations of people in all areas of our lives.

About the last SARS outbreak in 2003

I have collected some interesting files about the last SARS outbreak in 2003 and about the family of Coronaviruses. I have put them all in pdf format for ease of reading, they should all be readable in full-page format.