Three weeks from yesterday, will be Australia's Federal election. I've been running an informal poll on my patients at work. If the circumstances are appropriate, I ask one question: 'Are you enjoying the election coverage?' The responses are not as varied as I expected. Basically there's one response. 'Is this the best we can do?' … Continue reading It’s Election Time! Oh Joy? Also, what happened to concern for others?
On the 30th of March 2021, I had my first COVID vaccine. It was the Astra Zeneca. My next one is scheduled for the 23rd of June. I was actually incredibly excited. As someone who works in health, it felt like a turning point in the pandemic here in Australia. Since then there have been … Continue reading Just Get On With It
Every second word last year seemed to be 'unprecedented.' When 2020 ended, there were many memes, comments, and hopes that 2021 would be better, and that the issues of the pandemic would be over. I remember at the time, thinking that those hopes would be proved to be futile, because the simple change of date … Continue reading The Challenges of 2021
Yesterday we heard on the news, that the NRL (National Rugby League) boss wants to petition the Australian Government to prioritise footballers ahead of some other Australians for the COVID-19 vaccine. On the Australian Government Health website, there is a public list of how the government is prioritising people ahead of the roll out, which … Continue reading Entitled, Much?
I have always enjoyed playing sport. I swam, (competitively into my teens), played netball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, underwater hockey (yes, it's a thing), and water polo. My husband played rugby union, AFL, and did athletics. Our kids swam, and played a variety of team sports. But since COVID-19 came to town, there has been one … Continue reading Politicians, Sport, and Hypocrisy
When I last blogged, it was the end of November. Now it's the end of December. Not only am I in a different Australian state, but Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year is on its way. I left NSW when the WA border opened. A large chunk of my extended and immediate … Continue reading Well, That Month Seems to Have Vanished in a Hurry
In this 'Year Like No Other' I've been reflecting on Christmas. Partly because we had our final teen Study at Church this morning (we only have them monthly due to the need to comply with COVID regulations), and partly because my husband and I will have our first Christmas since the kids arrived, without either … Continue reading Christmas Is Coming
There's been a lot of stuff going round about 'freedom' on social media. I think we've all seen people dodging police on borders, vowing they won't wear masks, and others protesting against a vaccine that doesn't even exist yet. I've seen social media posts about organisations, religious bodies, and businesses declaring their 'freedom' to do … Continue reading Freedom
It's Sunday night, and I have 'been in' New Zealand most of the past week at ConZealand, this year's WorldCon. By 'being in' New Zealand, I was of course referring to being at the convention 'virtually.' This has been the very first completely online WorldCon, courtesy of COVID-19. As everyone has been fond of saying … Continue reading Well, That Was An Interesting Week…
The COVID situation in Australia has become a bit precarious. Today, Victoria clocked up 459 cases and 10 deaths. NSW managed another 14 cases. From what seems to be a catastrophic failure of hotel quarantine, coupled with a variety of other factors, some places in our country stand at a tipping point. You can follow … Continue reading Responsibilities