Bats naturally socially distance when sick. No, really

by Rashmee

Posted on November 22, 2020


A new study has found that for vampire bats, social distancing while sick comes naturally. (That should say something to all those people out there who feel it’s an assault on their freedoms to have to socially distance!) Anyway, the research by Ohio State University shows that “when vampire bats feel sick, they socially distance … Continue reading “Bats naturally socially distance when sick. No, really”

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The post-pandemic restaurant

by Rashmee

Posted on June 26, 2020 / The Focus


Robot cooks and servers. Mannequins to enforce social distancing. Two ideas for the post-pandemic restaurant nearly 6,000 miles apart. They go much further than more conventional takes on coronavirus-induced safety and sanitation procedures — hand sanitiser; individually wrapped cutlery; al fresco dining; permanent takeout windows and kerbside pick-ups. The robot-staffed café in Hong Kong has machines whipping … Continue reading “The post-pandemic restaurant”

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Recipe for restaurant survival in a pandemic

by Rashmee

Posted on May 24, 2020


Tony Cecchini, who owns two bar-restaurants in Brooklyn, NY (and is incidentally credited with having invented the Cosmopolitan), says social distancing will be “a death sentence” to his business. “That would give me four lonely seats across the entire run of each of my bars, with guests dotted here and there slipping their masks down … Continue reading “Recipe for restaurant survival in a pandemic”

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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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What Orwell would have made of ‘social distancing’

by Rashmee

Posted on April 18, 2020


On April 15, Denmark became the first in Europe to relax restrictions on education and reopen nurseries and schools. The move presented a conundrum for the Danish government, one that governments everywhere will eventually have to confront when they do the same and send young children back to school. For, it is in the nature … Continue reading “What Orwell would have made of ‘social distancing’”

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Viral words: ‘Social distancing’ is out but hard to dislodge

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2020


Had Donald Trump any sense (including of the English language) he would have taken the World Health Organisation (WHO) to task for allowing the phrase “social distancing” to go viral. Instead, the US president used his daily Gorilla Man imitation to turn off millions of dollars in American funding to the global health body for … Continue reading “Viral words: ‘Social distancing’ is out but hard to dislodge”

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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