Just a short one to raise a few questions: The ABC has posted the results of their huge annual survey on attitudes and beliefs in Australia here. A very interesting finding is how differently people experienced lockdown and the covid pandemic from a mental health point of view. Fascinatingly, among 18-25 year olds around 52%… Continue reading The Covid diaries #12 – How depressing is lockdown, really?
As of last night, Melbourne is going back into lockdown, now for the fourth time. But a lot has happened since I last wrote in this series in October 2020, so let's recap. Multiple vaccines are available and are being rolled out worldwide, with varying degrees of success. Donald Trump lost the US presidential election.… Continue reading The Covid Diaries #11 – Same same but different
Prediction is a tricky business. It's easy to get carried away with one's own ideas and the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy is around every corner. However, I have been brewing a few thoughts about China recently which I keep meaning to get down somewhere. So here we are. A quick note before I start - I… Continue reading Some thoughts in 2021 on the future of China
I have a small confession to make. During Melbourne's extended COVID lockdown in 2020 people coped in many different ways. Obsessive neighbourhood walking, Netflix binges and low-key alcoholism were popular choices, and I certainly toyed with all of them. But my secret obsession, the one that I didn't really discuss with family and friends but… Continue reading The ineffable tranquility of watching other people walk around Tokyo