I have tried to write this post about a hundred times over. Trying to find a hundred clever ways to simply say that Ten Things is taking a break. Its return was fleeting, but with coronavirus ravaging our communities, all news is quite rightly so focused on this immediate threat.

The environmental news that is coming out at the moment – celebrating reduced air pollution levels, cleaner water, and so forth because of coronavirus – makes me feel sick to my stomach. This isn’t the environmentalism I have committed my life to. Celebrating short-term environmental ‘wins’ at the expense of loss of human life across the globe should never be something we rejoice in, and not something I want to share here in this space. Before you share a ‘good news’ post about how clear the water in Venice is, please watch this for some perspective on this.

Whilst Ten Things is on a break, I do plan on trying to carry on the rest of the blog as normal the best I possibly can without being too tone-deaf. Like so many others, my day job is looking precarious. If you are in this situation or have already lost your job then my thoughts are very much with you.

I also don’t know about you, but to me, some normalcy in these tumultuous times feels welcome. Many (far too many) members of my family fall into the high-risk coronavirus category through a matter of age, or underlying health conditions, or both. We’re staying well away from them all, which is painful in itself, so some diversion from having to think about this helps, as does the wonder of video calls.

Blog posting will be light. Like all parents of school-aged children, my two children are at home from both school and nursery indefinitely, and so my partner and I are attempting some, shall we say loose, form of home-schooling with them whilst we both try and work our day jobs. I have no tips for this at the moment other than our expectations are low! I can write more about this in the coming weeks – what’s working for us and what’s not – if it’s of interest?

In the meantime please take care of yourselves, your loved ones and your communities, and please please stay home if you can to help stop the virus from spreading. For our super-hero NHS staff, and other key workers and front-line employees who can’t stay at home – thank you for all that you do to keep the rest of us healthy, safe, and fed. Staying at home is the very least that we can do to help you.

Sending much love,


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