Covid

The water cooler moment is dead, the age of remote working and our destructive acts of convenience

The beach in Seabrook, near Folkestone, Kent

Every morning, in a Kantian fashion, I like to rise from bed and walk down to the beach. It’s a walk I generally do in solitude to allow myself 40 minutes or so to compose my thoughts, to allow the dust to settle as each thought fights for prominence and importance in my mind, and with a gentle act of selection I file each one into a somewhat ordered list to work through as the day moves along at its own pace all determined by its sequence of events.

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A Bona Fide Firestick

As we move through this period of COVID with the lengthy lockdowns I have sat in front of the TV more than I would be prepared to admit. I don’t have terrestrial television and refuse to pay for a licence, simply because I don’t use it enough or feel there is actually anything worth watching. I have 5 shelves of DVDs, mainly films you won’t find on Netflix or Now TV, possibly on Amazon, but you would have to pay the extra on top, which I feel is a bit much. These films I return to periodically, like a good novel, as they are such beautiful, in this case, cinematic experiences.

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Everything is wrong. Everything is unjust. Everything is broken. Or is it?

There is a strong difference between conforming and working towards the greater good. There is an even bigger difference between wearing a mask and being under the illusion your freedoms are being rescinded. In this age of individualism and with its dangerous pervasive sense of entitlement it is very easy to fall into a trap and misread what is happening.

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Coronavirus is a lot stronger than you think

Coronavirus is a lot stronger than you think. What did he just say? Yes, I said it: Coronavirus is a lot stronger than you think. You can show me all me the data you want, all the articles declaring it is no stronger than the flu, that wearing a mask is a lot more of a threat, that Sweden’s model is better, but look at what it has achieved. Just look at how easily divided we are. Look at the fissures in our societies. Look at the fear. Look at the ill education across the social media landscapes. Look at the incompetence of the government. Look at the huge spending on a ‘Track and Trace’ app that barely works. Look at the rise of completely illogical conspiracy theories. And look at the mistrust. All that from one virus. One virus. Now that’s an achievement!

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In yer face!

The face mask is extremely divisive and interesting. There are those who feel they should wear it, who believe the virus is contagious and don’t want to either catch it or pass it on, particularly to the elderly. There are those who don’t believe the virus is as problematic as it’s purported to be, that it’s an attack on our ‘freedoms’ and just a huge cash cow for Big Pharma. And then there are the clearly insane who think we are only a step away from the Nuremberg trials, who obviously never attained their GCSE in history and have no idea of one of the most heinous genocidal crimes in the last 100 years, all fighting for Katie Hopkins hot spot.

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The New Normal

‘The New Normal’ is a phrase you will have heard over the last few months to describe the current state of our existence as we stare into Zoom meetings, watch gigs online, walk around with face masks across our mouths while keeping 2 metres apart from others and unable to travel across the world.

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Conspiracy theorists: The dark art of self deception

How many conspiracy theorists does it take to change a lightbulb?

None because the lightbulb is a virus & controlled by a satanic bloodline cabal that wants to kill everyone so they wont go near it…

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The emotion is false, use your intellect

It’s interesting to note that the two places in the world, the USA and the UK, who boast frequently about how amazing they are, global leaders ad nauseum and all that other arrogant nonsense currently have the highest deaths of coronavirus.

Our leaders now appeal to our emotions and not our intellect. This is known as post-truth. Watching Boris Johnson talk about how amazing the NHS is and not mention how it has been recklessly destroyed by the government with years of austerity cuts shows absolute disrespect for the public, just watch Tory MPs cheer after blocking a pay rise for nurses. Is there suddenly a huge nationwide collective amnesia?

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Coronavirus in a Post Truth era

As the dust starts to clear, the panicking slows down and the nation settles into a life of social distancing and quarantine, we are able to see the truth start to emerge, if we truly seek it, but not before some drown in the plethora of conspiracy theories.

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