Where were you when the planes hit the twin towers? It’s one of those moments etched into memories, the equivalent for Generation X and Millennials of “Do you remember where you were when JFK got shot?” I was running continuous business improvement training at the time and spent most of the day cut off… Continue reading Remembering 911
I’ve been having another look over the hospitalisation and deaths data following this tweet from Oliver Johnson. Oliver is not an epidemiologist, so in that respect he is a layman like me. However as a maths and stats professor, his observations of the data throughout COVID have been helpful throughout the pandemic, so worth paying… Continue reading Another look at the COVID data – and a hypothesis
Making sense of the bewildering events of the past few days has been difficult. How could Afghanistan have fallen so quickly to the Taliban? Why does the West look so powerless. Comparisons have been made with Vietnam but this isn’t quite the same. The US haven’t been forced out defeated in the battlefield but appear… Continue reading Where Afghanistan was lost
Here are the words of Joe Biden, the US President seeking to shift blame and responsibility away from himself and away from us in the West. Now, we may have different opinions on the rights and wrongs of going into Afghanistan. As I’ve said before, I was sceptical, reluctant, cautious but on balance believe the… Continue reading We cannot pretend that Afghanistan is not our responsibility
I want to share some further thoughts on response to the Afghan crisis including what I think governments should be doing in response. I appreciate that I’m moving further into the territory of personal opinion on matters that Christians should not have their consciences bound. Some of you may wish to stay clear of the… Continue reading Afghanistan – time is running out but a response is possible
The reports coming out of Afghanistan are heart-breaking as we see the Taliban return to power in Kabul 20 years after the Afghan war that followed the 911 terror attacks. We don’t need to second guess what Taliban rule will involve because we have been there before. Taliban rule meant
The recent re-capture of much of Afghanistan by the Taliban has come as shocking and disturbing news to us all. However, equally disturbing have been some of the reactions to it. Take for example this tweet from Roshan M Salih, editor of British Muslim news site 5 Pillars.
I find it fascinating that here we are coming out of the pandemic and one of the big concerns is about whether or not people will return to the office. This is seen as crucial to a return to normality. I can understand that there are economic and social implications of people continuing to work… Continue reading Returning to normal?
For the second year running, GCSE and A-Level results are not being determined by external exams. Due to coronavirus disruption different methods have been used. Teachers were asked to grade students based on evidence available to them. This might include work previously submitted and a range of assessments set under exam conditions at the end… Continue reading Don’t blame the teachers for grade inflation
As you know, I’ve been sharing a few articles about the COVID situation. to help us with our thinking about church life at this phase in the pandemic. Whilst pastors and leaders cannot become experts in epidemiology and whilst our primary focus is to keep people focused on Christ, it is helpful for us to… Continue reading What is happening with COVID hospital admissions?