Are you a Scrabble sadist or a Cluedo nerd?

30 Mar

It is only in the most extreme circumstances that people, stripped bare of the veneer of civilisation, show their true natures. A crisis like the present one brings out the best, and the worst of the humanity. We are tested in the fire. In this case, not the purifying fire of war but the ouchy burny fire of staying […]

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Would you take a coronavirus risk?

24 Mar

There is a saying, which I think comes originally from a German government transport campaign but became an advertising slogan and general meme: “You’re not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently — what with all the images of, Columbia Road Flower Market, or the Tube, or various […]

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How coronavirus exposes our fragility

18 Mar

If, as Neil Gaiman said, any civilisation is two meals and 24 hours away from barbarism, ask yourself this: what am I having for dinner tonight? That might be an easy one for you to answer. But what about dinner four days from now, or six? The fact that many people would find that second question […]

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