COVID: Know Thine Enemy—Preamble

Albert Einstein, surely one of the most remarkable humans who ever existed, said “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”. While I would hardly compare my intellect to Einstein’s, I too have always been curious, and keen to learn new things. Retirement has given me the opportunity to do a lot more…

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Behind the Mask

In the era of COVID-19 there was never any doubt that frontline medical staff dealing with infected patients needed to wear gowns, gloves, a face mask and some form of eye protection. The argument for the general population wearing face masks has, up till now, been much more contentious. There seems little doubt that the…

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Well Here I Am Again!

Well here I am again! A year ago, it came time to renew my WordPress subscription. I hadn’t posted in my blog for a while, but I thought paying the fee might motivate me to start blogging again. As you can see, it didn’t work! When I used to blog many years ago, I didn’t…

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Today we woke up moored in the Austrian capital. We went on a tour of the city, seeing statues of Mozart, Johann Strauss, and Goethe as well as the Austrian Parliament (surrounded with scaffolding) and the amazing, enormous Vienna town hall. We saw the horses of the Spanish Riding School and the beautiful buildings of the Museum Quarter. We were led through the city on foot to the St Stephen's Cathedral, which, predictably, had more scaffolding!

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