Dear Band Aid: An email from “Africa” (via an African-Caribbean Black British Londoner, aka Jasmine Chin)

By Jasmine Chin . . . WARNING! Reading this letter may take away a treasured relationship to a much loved, favourite song. Read only if moving towards discomfort is something you choose to do…. From: J Chin <Jasmine.Chin@Londoner.disconnectedfromafricanheritage.tier4.thewest > Sent: 21 December 2020 18.34 GMT To: Bob & Friends < BandAid@charityheadquarters.tier4.thewest >Subject: Tiresome & inescapable racism at Christmas Dear Band […]

pandemic interruptus

By Kenneth Silvestri . . . challenging the need to be interdependent our innate force of searching for a synchrony to avoid misinterpreting nature which gives clues of our injurious ways  of trying to outsmart her gifts of guidance that are right there always skirting our subconscious,  which is regardless continuously archiving everything we have ever seen or heard in […]

Vaccine hopes and dreams

By Sarah Helps . . . June 2020 A Sunday morning lying in bed with papers, coffee, comfort, sunshine, nowhere to go and nothing of usual life to do. Radio 4 plays a news story about a call for volunteers for the Oxford vaccine trial. I want to do something, to act, to help, be useful, to be less bored. […]

Surge

By Jenn McKinney . . . We have entered a second wave. That’s what the airwaves say. It has entered us. This wave is gathering strength. Intense waves of emotions grow. When will this tide turn? Soundwaves announce a conspiracy. “Let’s carry on with ‘normality’.” Or “Protect! Stay in!” Waves of grief for those who’ve lost Rise and fall in intensity. […]

Excerpts from a Lock Down Journal 2020

By Joanna Law . . April My daughter came to me this morning. She will be 17 in May. I was watching The Andrew Marr Show and listening to Sir David Attenborough, then Michael Gove. It made for difficult listening. I put it on pause. I’m getting to know when my daughter wants to talk, but it takes a while […]

What Nature Made Me Understand

By Andreas Breden . . . Looking out across my hometown in mid Norway when the SARS-CoV-2 appeared I found the information about the virus and the situation presented by different sources difficult to grasp. I have at several points looked back and tried to understand my process of living with the virus without really having succeeded with that. I […]