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The Covid Diaries #14 – The death of retail?

I could spend this entry talking about how Covid appears to be completely out of control in Sydney (900+ cases for the last few days), or about how here in Victoria we're in lockdown #6 and case numbers are on a knife edge, or about how the vaccine rollout pooch has been touched inapprpropriately if… Continue reading The Covid Diaries #14 – The death of retail?

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Camus and Kafka

I've been reading Albert Camus' The Plague in light of the current-event-that-we're-all-sick-of. I was always lukewarm on Camus, probably because I was too young when I first read The Stranger. Sometimes you just have to pupate a while for something to make sense. I'm finding a lot of resonances with our situation, not so much… Continue reading Camus and Kafka

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The Covid diaries #12 – How depressing is lockdown, really?

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?

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The ineffable tranquility of watching other people walk around Tokyo

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