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In this daily blog I explore our personal and collective responses to the transformation we are all experiencing as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. I began writing in mid-March 2020, but only decided in April to create this blog and post it to my website. I’m posting all of March as a single entry and will follow up with posts either daily, weekly or every few days as events unfold. Stay safe.

The Corona Crucible – Tues 8th September

World 27.4 million    Spain 520K+  UK 350K+ This pandemic is seeding a range of lasting social changes. People are moving out of cities and establishing themselves in regional areas. This decentralisation is being driven by several factors. One of course is the fewer cases of COVID-19 that are in regional areas. The other is the […]

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The Corona Crucible – Mon 7th September

World 27.2 million    South Africa 630K+  Mexico 630K+ Everyone is hoping that things will be back to normal by Christmas. Sir Scott Moron has been calling for state borders to be reopened, but he has no power to make the states comply. At the National Cabinet meeting on Friday most states agreed to ‘aim’ to […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sun 6th September

World 27 million       Peru 680K+    Argentina 470K+ Coronavirus is infecting millions of people in every country across the world. Some countries are still battling the first wave of infection, and many are struggling with a second wave. A lot of countries have opened up their economies and have set off a surge in daily cases […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sat 5th September

World 26.7 million    India 4 million          Spain 510K+ I think everybody will be relieved when we can have some more freedom, but if we re-open too soon we will set off another wave of infection. Nobody wants that. Everyone is waiting on Daniel Andrews’ announcement tomorrow. It seems likely now that we might have to […]

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The Corona Crucible – Fri 4th September

World 26.4 million    Brazil 4 million         Colombia 630K+ Authorities have said that the current suicide rate in Australia has not increased, however calls to crisis lines like Lifeline have jumped substantially. There are a lot of people doing it very tough. Financial problems are one of the main causes for worry and stress across the […]

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The Corona Crucible – Thurs 3rd September

World 26.1 million    Saudi Arabia 310K+             Bangladesh 310K+ Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to their lowest level since 1998, with a 22 per cent reduction. If the Federal Government has its way, after COVID we will get back to our polluting ways. Natural gas is one of the most polluting of all greenhouse […]

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The Corona Crucible – Wed 4th September

World 25.8 million    Russia 1 million        Turkey 270K+ One month ago there were 17 million recorded cases of COVID-19, 6 million active cases and 666,000 fatalities worldwide. Now there are almost 26 million cases, nearly seven million of them active, and over 860,000 fatalities. India will soon overtake Brazil and jump to second place on […]

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The Corona Crucible – Tues 1st September

World 25.6 million    Iran 375K+     Iraq 230K+     Since this pandemic began in March, I’ve written over 50,000 words in this blog. It’s been a good ritual in a way, keeping up to date with reputable news reports and stories both good and sad. I was a journalist for a while in the 90s and I […]

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The Corona Crucible – Mon 31st August

World 25.3 million    Chile 410K+  Argentina 400K+      Last year I had a significant birthday and we had a great party with lots of friends, food, music and dancing. This year we’re spending my birthday like any other day under lockdown. Neil gave me a voucher for some golf gear, some chocolates and some lovely flowers. […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sun 30th August

World 25.1 million    Spain  450K+             UK 330K+ Thousands more new businesses were registered here in Australia in 2020 compared to the same period last year. Many people who have lost work are getting creative and some are turning their creativity into new businesses. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Vaccine trial results have been […]

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