What’s a cautious hug? It depends on where in Britain you are

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY From today, May 17, Covid-19 rules across Britain will be a patchwork — relaxed, marginally relaxed, marginally uptight and fairly uptight. Pubs and restaurants in England and Wales will welcome customers indoors for the first time in ages. People in England will be allowed to give friends and family cautious hugs and … Continue reading “What’s a cautious hug? It depends on where in Britain you are”

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A glorious week for Britain? Depends on who you ask

by Rashmee

Posted on March 29, 2021


/ BLIMEY BLIGHTY This week, parts of Britain could be hotter than Saint Tropez or Ibiza. The southeast of England could be sweating in temperatures as high as 24 degrees centigrade. And lockdown rules are easing.  In Wales, “stay local” measures have been lifted. In England, outdoor sports facilities open today (Monday, March 29), with … Continue reading “A glorious week for Britain? Depends on who you ask”

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A social life after lockdown? Inquiring minds want to know how it will work

by Rashmee

Posted on March 7, 2021


/ TRAVELS IN MY MIND I haven’t read Pamela Druckerman’s books but they’re on my list now that I’ve perused her elegant, insightful and occasionally funny ‘1843’ look-ahead to social life after lockdown. It may be a bit precipitate – virus variants could still sicken the prospects for a socially carefree summer – but Ms … Continue reading “A social life after lockdown? Inquiring minds want to know how it will work”

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A world of Zoombies: What it means, really

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2020


In the past 24 hours, I have been on three Zoom calls. The first on Friday night was with good friends, calling with birthday wishes. The second and third, on Saturday, were with disparate groups of family members, similarly reaching out across the lockdown with loving virtual hugs and kisses. The Friday night call ran … Continue reading “A world of Zoombies: What it means, really”

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O brave new world. It’s the week it opens the door and gingerly peers out

by Rashmee

Posted on May 10, 2020


This is the week the world tries to recover its nerve even though we remain months away from a vaccine for Covid-19 and still have no cure. As 15-year-old Miranda said in Act V of The Tempest: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in’t!” Indeed, rather a brave attempt … Continue reading “O brave new world. It’s the week it opens the door and gingerly peers out”

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Barclays CEO: A man who doesn’t see the future but is able to recognise when it is upon us

by Rashmee

Posted on April 29, 2020


I’m starting to wonder if the CEO of Barclays Bank is an exceedingly unusual man – someone who doesn’t see the future but is able to recognise when it is upon us. Today (April 29), Jes Staley said that the pandemic could permanently change the way banks do business and “the notion of putting 7,000 … Continue reading “Barclays CEO: A man who doesn’t see the future but is able to recognise when it is upon us”

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The ‘new normal’ is pretty abnormal

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2020


New week, “new normal”. And it’s going to be pretty weird in many parts of the world. “New normal”, incidentally, was the phrase used on April 26 by Dominic Raab, British Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s stand-in. Mr Raab wanted to suggest that the UK would transition away from a lockdown but that … Continue reading “The ‘new normal’ is pretty abnormal”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK