Vaccination against Covid-19 – one for all and all for one?

Humans find sharing resources difficult. To protect against Covid-19 a global vaccination approach is required. The roll-out of vaccine has been very uneven with many African, Asian and South American countries having little capacity to cope alone. The COVAX scheme exists to deliver Covid vaccines to poorer countries but will it receive sufficient backing?

Bubbles and reflections — Ramblingthreads

Walking and enjoying gardens offer the opportunity for reflection and for relaxing in a bubble of our own creation. The vaccination programme is well under way, but hospitals remain overstretched. Public gardens can help provide a feel-good factor. The transformation of Saughton Park in Edinburgh to a vibrant community park/gardens is timely and much appreciated.Continue reading “Bubbles and reflections — Ramblingthreads”

Bubbles and reflections

Walking and enjoying gardens offer the opportunity for reflection and for relaxing in a bubble of our own creation. The vaccination programme is well under way, but hospitals remain overstretched.
Public gardens can help provide a feel-good factor. The transformation of Saughton Park in Edinburgh to a vibrant community park/gardens is timely and heaven sent.

Political earthquake in Washington shakes the world

The tremors of a major earthquake can be felt many miles away from the epicentre, when the actual core event is limited to a small area. The political and physical storm that hit Washington on January 6th was seen by millions of viewers on TV and has reverberated around the world with a massive responseContinue reading “Political earthquake in Washington shakes the world”

New Year’s resolutions and 2021 solutions

Making New years resolutions is almost an annual ritual. In the holiday time afforded between Christmas and New Year we have time to reflect on the past year and think about the upcoming one. Many of us rush to make new resolutions for the New Year, perhaps in the hope that somehow we will beContinue reading “New Year’s resolutions and 2021 solutions”

Christmas dilemmas but lights on the horizon

We anticipate Christmas like having a slow cooking stew building up slowly to a delightful mixture of appetising aromas that whet the appetite. This year, because of covid, we are faced with balancing the decision to follow our hearts and spend the Christmas period with others or staying safe at

Trump card – winner or loser?

Danger for democracy or storm in a teacup Is the topsy -turvy aftermath of the 2020 US election a danger signal for democracy or the last despairing card being cast by Trump in the political saloon of Washington? Interest in the US election has been intense in the UK and even overshadowed developing news onContinue reading “Trump card – winner or loser?”

Seasons of sighs and mournful wistfulness

Autumn often arouses conflicting emotions. It affords pleasure in the wonderful colours of trees and hedgerows and the ripened fruits, nuts and berries of the growing season. Equally the decaying leaves, the shortening days and colder weather can dampen spirits. After months of living through the coronavirus pandemic I reflect on these feelings and touch on how Covid has affected the lives of 16-24 year olds.

Stones and the passage of time

Innate in our psyche and strengthened by experience is a strong association with stone: the houses we live in, castles, stately homes and churches we have visited and trips we have made abroad to see sights such as the Alhambra, the great Wall of China, the Coliseum, and the church of La Sagrada Familia inContinue reading “Stones and the passage of time”

Emergence

Visiting the caves at Lascaux is a memorable experience. From a sunny exterior you go into dark passageways dimly lit and then into the darker caves, where the prehistoric paintings are briefly lit up and the images of bison, deer and mammoths takes one back about 20,000 years to the age of prehistoric man inContinue reading “Emergence”