Apologies if anyone else has posted this in the last three days and I missed it, but it has got me wondering about why the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Italy were so badly hit whilst Germany, Norway and, to a lesser extent, France were not. Of course there are issues around the way the numbers are counted but there must be lessons to learn about how the virus spread here.
I was listening again after catching the first broadcast on Friday evening, and realised that I did not take in half of was being said then. Zia Haider Rahman starts with a word of advice from Lord Justice Woolf and, I think, articulates an argument very well from there on in. But a word of warning, closes with 'Be careful what you wish for'...
Saw this film at the film club I go to, or used to go to if it does not return after the pandemic, and struggled with the volume of information that issued forth so I am appreciating the chance to give this a second watch, especially with subtitles to compensate for my poor hearing. Not a fluffy cuddly bunny watch for the Top Gear crowd and only going to reinforce hardened attitudes among the left leaning of us, which is tragic because it is most informative for those on the right. It is on the iPlayer for twenty five days now:
I have visions of old folks unfamiliar with modern technology standing outside pubs saying 'hey mister, can you order me a drink, mister? and then forcing eighty pence in ten pence pieces into a Millennial's hand.
Or even 'The Unbelievable Truth'? I know they cannot rely on visual clues in the way that impressionists on television can; all the same having to introduce the character they are imitating by name takes the bite out of the satire.
Saw the National Theatre's production of this when it was live streamed to a local arts centre last year and was really impressed, both with the experience of watching a play like a film but it being something more vital than a film; and the strength of the acting and the story.
So I am putting a recommendation out for this when it starts to screen for free on YouTube this Thursday evening at seven (and will be available for a week after that):
I will watch it again, and to enhance it I have decided to try and get the five hundred and thirty pages of Andrea Levy's book read before I do (hundred and eighteen pages down and I am finding the humour so gentle but so persuasive, a wonderful read - but warning to facters; there is a Winston Churchill quote at the end.)
"Far too many definite statements have been made on the virus, usually by politicians and journalists," Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at Reading University tells BBC Radio Scotland.
"Nine out of 10 times they are just opinions. There is no such thing as 'the science'. Scientific opinion often varies and views change as we learn more about this new virus."