Monty Python’s Flying Virus

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can I not comment on the brilliance of the Dutch and UK government’s strides against a tiny little virus that’s causing more mayhem than Theresa May and David Cameron ever dreamed of; and Donald Trump’s infection with a mutant coronavirus that makes you look and feel 20 years younger without the need to quarantine. […]

Women Of Solicitude – Clapping Carers Is Nice, Rewarding Them Is Better

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Reading Time: 3 minutes If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us one thing, it is to appreciate the true value of all the dedicated women nurses and carers, who are bearing the brunt of the viral attack, in a courageous attempt to save lives and protect those in need. These women do this every day, regardless of whether there […]

Mark Rutte Patronizes The Dutch Dental Profession

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ll give Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte the benefit of the doubt. Here is a man under pressure because his entire liberal, easy-going vision of the world is being deep-frozen by a virus that’s even smaller than the smallest of viruses. In answer to a question on whether dentists could open their practices, Rutte patronizingly […]

Our Biggest Weakness Is To Think We Are Invincible

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Weakness, is thinking of oneself as invincible. – Roberto Saviano   Exactly one month ago, I started cancelling appointments at my dental practice, following advice from the Dutch dental association to only treat acute emergencies, and avoid patients who have been tested positive for the coronavirus or who present symptoms, like the plague. We are […]

Jair Bolsonaro – The Plonker From Brazil

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Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ll be honest and say that I actually missed Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, enlightening us on the importance of being ill. I spend half my time trying to understand how the Dutch ministry for health manages to convince us that the pandemic is showing signs of stabilising whilst, at the same time, publishing figures […]

Piangendo Per Te, Italia (Pleurant Pour Toi, Italie)

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Alors que l’Italie se verrouille un peu plus, il semble que les italiens soient piégés dans un autocuiseur qui est sur le point d’exploser. J’essaie de penser à autre chose en regardant des vieilles émissions, sur YouTube, me rappelant ma jeunesse. Ce n’est pas de la nostalgie, mais cela me fait oublier mon cabinet dentaire […]