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Month: May 2020

Self-Sacrifice and Pandemics

Self-Sacrifice and Pandemics

Self-Sacrifice and Pandemics are intimate friends. In order for a pandemic to end we must learn to do without things that we need. We go without meeting friends for months, we go without hugs or handshakes for months. We go without restaurants, bars, cafés or cinemas for months. We go without needing the internal combustion for days at a time. Human Contact I mention all of these things looking at the past 76 days. Yesterday I had my first human…

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I Completed the Apple May Activity Challenge Yesterday

I Completed the Apple May Activity Challenge Yesterday

I completed the Apple May Activity Challenge yesterday. The goal was to walk or run 349 kilometres within one month. I finished this challenge two days early. Using the Apple Watch Series 3 and the SUUNTO Spartan Sport Wrist HR BARO I tracked all of my activities. For the first two or three weeks I tracked activities with both devices and then deleted the duplicates on Strava and then I stopped tracking with the Apple Watch as I saw that activity data…

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Day 75 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Switzerland Expects to Return to Normality within weeks

Day 75 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Switzerland Expects to Return to Normality within weeks

Switzerland “expects to return to normality” within the next few days and weeks. As of tomorrow groups of up to thirty people will be able to meet. That’s good for all of the activities that I like to do. It means that the Via Ferrata, hiking, climbing, and other seasons can begin shortly. D-Day – 6th of June 2020 From the 6th of June onwards cinemas, theatres, zoos, ski lifts, camps, swimming pools, and higher education will begin again. The…

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Day 74 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Looking At Swiss COVID-19 Case Graphs

Day 74 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Looking At Swiss COVID-19 Case Graphs

For several days I have not been looking as seriously at the COVID-19 case graphs for Switzerland because we the storm waves of new cases that we were getting before are now no more than ripples on a pond. The situation seems to be under control in Switzerland. As we look at the graph above we see that for at least a month the number of new cases was high every day but that by the fifteenth of April the…

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Day 72 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – British Anger At The Wrong Thing

Day 72 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – British Anger At The Wrong Thing

I want to write about British anger at the wrong day today. As Switzerland gets closer and closer to zero cases and zero deaths per day it’s dangerously easy to think it will be over soon only to find out that it isn’t. I thought that by April 19th we could be back to normal but we weren’t. I thought that when the soft lock down was lifted we’d be able to do group activities. Of course we still can’t…

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Day 71 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – An Ingress Mission despite Lockdown.

Day 71 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – An Ingress Mission despite Lockdown.

Two nights ago we did an Ingress Mission Despite Lockdown. This was a Franco-Swiss Mission to create a field over Geneva. Normally with Ingress missions people would drive tens, or even hundreds of kilometres to capture and link portals but this time was different. We all stayed in our little corners and we did whatever we could, however, small the task. We stayed on our respective sides of the borders. In my case I just had to Jarvis a portal…

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The Walking Paradox

The Walking Paradox

Today I noticed how quiet the world, or at least the area in which I was walking, was. I saw very few cars, very few people walking, and very little noise from other people. This doesn’t mean that people weren’t out and about. Although my route was for the most part deserted of people I did encounter crowds at two or three points. I think a man said “hello” but I ignored him for the cardinal sin of not walking…

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A Fourteen Kilometre walk and I Crossed Paths With Just Two Other People.

A Fourteen Kilometre walk and I Crossed Paths With Just Two Other People.

Today I went for a fourteen Kilometre walk and I crossed paths with just two other people. It was a couple of runners and we crossed paths at just the right place as I could slip into a clearing, wait for them to pass and then continue on my way. I think this is the quietest walk I’ve been on in a while. During the walk I saw that some fields had been harvested, that new barriers were being put…

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Day 65 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Coping with Solitude

Day 65 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – Coping with Solitude

Coping with solitude is one of the challenges that we, people who live alone, are going to become familiar with. It’s 65 days since I’ve had skin to skin contact, sixty-five days since I’ve given or received a hug. It’s sixty-five days since I’ve had a meal with anyone. Happiness, whilst entirely and easily accomplished, is all about adjusting our goals and aspirations to remain positive, and even find happiness. As it’s lunchtime, and it’s Tuesday, I should be going…

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Day 64 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – “When I’m 64”

Day 64 of Self-Isolation in Switzerland – “When I’m 64”

Earlier today or yesterday at some point I was thinking of the song When I’m 64, and that I should share it. I’m not 64. Quarantine hasn’t aged me so drastically. I felt the need to make that joke. Recycling For the first time in two months I went to the recycling centre today. For at least two months I cleaned everything that could be recycled and sorted it into the correct bag. I was waiting for an auspicious time…

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