Category Archives: Health

Social Distancing: Indian Style

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American children on a subsistence farm, 1919

When not in school the Borlaug children did chores, rising before dawn and working until after sunset. Boys hoed weeds, dug potatoes, milked cows, stacked hay, hauled wood and water, fed chicken, cattle, and horses. Girls tended the vegetable garden, … Continue reading

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The man with spare false teeth

A dinner speaker was in such a hurry to get to his speaking engagement he realized that he’d forgotten his false teeth. In a panic he said to the man next to him, “I forgot my teeth.” Amazingly his fellow … Continue reading

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A very brisk Mother Superior in a French convent

[Her] account includes being told by the [Mother] Superior that if a doctor advised a surgical operation, “your Superiors will decide whether your life is of sufficient value to the community to justify the expense. If it is not, you … Continue reading

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British Health and Covid-19

Coronavirus is a well understood disease.* There are international strategies in place for meeting the challenges which are presented. Covid-19 is a novel sub-species of a well known disease. Public ignorance, fuelled by governments, has given it lethal qualities which, … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter, Covid-19 and Democracy in Sydney, Australia

“As tragic as it is that we are in a situation where freedom of speech isn’t as free as we would like it to be at the moment,” [Police Minister] Mr Elliott said.* When the Sydney Black Lives Matter planned … Continue reading

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Successfully looking for a divorce

A policeman stopped a man who was driving a Mercedes 20 mph over the 55mph speed limit. He said, “I’m stopping you for speeding.” The driver replied, “It was only a little over 55.” His wife said, “Oh Stuart! You … Continue reading

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A Harold Hill* Hippy Goes Shopping in 1967

After a joint or two Dave decided I should spend my spare cash on a new pair of open toed sandals. We left the café and walked round the corner to John Barnet’s shoe shop. The assistant looked down at … Continue reading

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Covid Lockdown

After weeks, with nothing to do The phobia’s did grow Claustrophobia – well that one, was new Agoraphobia was raring to go. “Pull yourself together”, she did say, “There are far worse off, than you Make the most of each … Continue reading

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Lunchtime

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