1. We’ve implemented the Andromeda Protocol - otherwise known as distance learning, because one of the kids is symptomatic for #COVID19, so everyone is isolating at home. Middle youngling does a full school day online.

A few observations...
2. Why aren’t more kids learning at home? It works really well. He links into his classes via video, gets to participate, talk to his teacher and classmates - it does not feel like an inferior experience. If more kids learned at home, schools would become safer for everyone.
3. Smaller class sizes would facilitate greater physical distancing, and bubble sizes (if they’re even still a thing) would be reduced. It’s unfortunate the UK government won’t embrace innovation, particularly when it would reduce risk during the pandemic.
4. Another positive of distance learning was brought home after spending a few minutes watching a lesson. One of the kids in class was barking out what can only be described as a persistent cough.

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17 Oct
1. THE TROLL
Last night the John Snow Memorandum got featured on an alternative news service that Media Bias rates as ‘Mixed’. This rating means it shares real news alongside 9-11, New World Order and other conspiracies. Here are the two presenters in a pretty slick studio. Image
2. I’ve been writing about the dark corners of the web since Pendulum, a book that centres on the concept of trolling, something most of us are now all too familiar with.
3. Despite their slick studio and professional graphics, this pair are mega trolls, who trigger an army of troll followers with their emotive language. Here’s what they had to say about the John Snow Memorandum.
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5 Oct
1. A while ago, I wrote about a frog in a pot of boiling water. This is the latest turn of the dial. A vaccine is not coming to our rescue. If one can be developed, it will be used 'strategically' to minimise suffering. Alarm bells should be ringing for everyone.
2. The government's response was based on pandemic flu. Some of us warned this was a mistake back in February, but we now know for certain #SARSCoV2 is not like flu. Instead of pursuing #ZeroCovid, which is the only approach that's shown success...

3. ... the UK government is planning to let the virus take root in the country. Here's what that approach has delivered so far, contrasted with other countries who've taken the opposite approach.

Thanks to @99Organisation for this chart plotting economic and health performance.
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4 Oct
1. What is the government's current #COVID19 strategy?

Here is Chris Whitty on 4th March explaining the government's strategy was late intervention and early release.

But what is it now?

2. The UK government and its scientific advisers believed it was appropriate to use the influenza pandemic plan to respond to a human coronavirus. This BMJ editorial examines why the UK's response was so deeply flawed.

bmj.com/content/bmj/36…
3. It seems we're making the same mistakes. #SARSCoV2, the virus that causes #COVID19, is not influenza. Flu is highly contagious and a containment strategy for flu would fail. #SARSCoV2 transmits differently as this excellent article by @zeynep explains.

theatlantic.com/health/archive…
Read 17 tweets
4 Oct
1. PM: “How do you ensure that places across the country continue to fight the virus effectively whilst keeping the economy moving?”

This is the wrong question. The economy cannot function effectively while this virus is spreading.
2. #ZeroCovid to best protect the economy.

#ZeroCovid to best protect public health.

Other countries have shown what works. We should learn from them instead of continuing down a middle path that maximises damage to public health and the economy.
3. Example: Japan is one of many countries to use masks in classrooms. Why are we clinging to this daft idea schools aren’t vectors for transmission when the government’s own analysis shows they are? Let’s learn from other countries.
Read 5 tweets
2 Oct
1. The nights are drawing in & the world is a mess. We all know what that means...

Sourdough. That’s right, I can smell that starter lurking in cupboards everywhere. Lurking and waiting to take over Twitter.

Well, not this time. This time the #pizza community strikes first.
2. That’s right #sourdough suckers, this is an ambush. Take 600 grams of 00 flour, 3 teaspoons of yeast, 200 ml of water, 100 ml of milk, 60 ml of olive oil and make a dough. Punch it until you’ve released your sourdough hostility and leave it to stand for 90 minutes.
3. It will rise. And when it does, cut it into two halves with the sword of justice. If you don’t have the sword of justice, a sharp knife will do. Roll out the two pieces and put their flattened remains in two pizza dishes.
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1 Oct
Another day of great books for crime and thriller fans. Mini thread of some of the brilliant authors being published today. Do support your local bookshop if you can. If not, hit those libraries.
Strangers from @callytaylor who won an Amazon Publishing Readers' Award at @CapitalCrime1 last year. Image
The Postscript Murders from the wonderful @ellygriffiths Image
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