Links 

Pandemic linkfest

I try to keep my reading varied but I still seem to have saved way too many articles all about these interesting days we found ourselves in. So I’m just putting them all out here in one go. Sweden Coronavirus: Has Sweden got its science right? ‘Life Has to Go On’: How Sweden Has Faced the Virus Without a Lockdown Sweden Revises Covid Strategy After Deaths of Elderly Spiral General What if it takes a really long time to develop a coronavirus vaccine? Coronavirus shows why it’s vital to distinguish…

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Sweden 

The weirdness of life not in lockdown

Yesterday afternoon my wife cycled home from work at her pre-school, and my kids came home from school (they’re 9 and 11) as usual. Then a little later I took my son to his swimming training and I went for a run with a friend through a nearby forest. As we ran the trails, we saw people down by the lake having a BBQ and people going for walks. On our way home we stopped at McDonald’s and had a bite to eat. Then we went home. In a nutshell,…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Week 16

Not sure what happened this week but blogging ground to a halt. Let’s see if, in the spirit of Easter, I can’t resurrect things a little next week. But for now, here’s a lot of helpful, interesting, diverting, inspiring things to read, watch or look at. The Pandemic… Well the world continues to be in the grip of this disease but I think the shift in the richer north back towards a more sustainable approach is under way. Yet there is a very wide range of views about Sweden’s approach.…

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Sweden 

Sweden and the Coronavirus

So everyone in the world now knows that when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus Sweden has gone its own way. In fact it seems to be in a very small minority (along with the Netherlands) when it comes to how it has responded as a nation. It is not in lockdown and, as yet, has no plans to be in lockdown. It doesn’t even has plans to quarantine Stockholm which is by far the worst affected region. If you want the numbers and compare Sweden to other countries,…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Week 14

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… Coronalinks 3/27/20: We’re Number One How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear The [US] Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming Is Sweden’s Lax Approach to Coronavirus the Right Call? The coronavirus pandemic will break globalisation A cinematographer’s guide to looking good in…

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Christian Living 

In the valley of shadows

Not all of us have experience of walking through the valley of the shadow of death but we’re getting it now. There are numbers in my church who have been refugees and have fled war, violence and extreme poverty. They have lived their whole lives in this shadow. Death has been a near-constant companion in their lives. For those from richer nations (and we are a demographically young church), their experience of death or even the fear of death is almost nothing. Yet now they found themselves in a period…

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Articles 

Not my ways

You may see an uptick in posting over the next few days as I’m in self-imposed quarantine. I have over the last few days developed most of the symptoms of COVID-19. It feels like a mild case of flu but the most noticeable symptom is an intensely tight chest that feels constricted and ‘hot’. But I’m fine and so is my family. I won’t know for sure whether it is this virus or not because Stockholm health authorities are only testing those sick enough to go to the hospital. So…

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