Even empty supermarket shelves are a signal of how seriously official exhortations about social distancing are being taken. The number of people selfishly hoarding is small. But so many are now at home rather than at work, so many restaurants and cafes closed, so many people shopping less frequently and so buying more each time, that stocks inevitably run low. Ironically, it’s social duty more than selfishness that is emptying the shelves. … [Read more...] about Our basic decency is clear. But a good society needs more than decency
Students volunteering in community
But in these times, even the most insulated of us can’t be De Maistre. Even if we enjoyed similar financial privilege, we lack the comfort that the world we return to when our own house arrest is over will be as it was when we left it. And, of course, most of us enjoy no such privilege. Our reveries in front of our bedroom walls are bound to be disturbed by fears for the future – both ours and the world’s. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus has exposed the reality of a world without work
Fearing an outbreak, local officials have already stood down volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels and replace them with council staff, saying it hopes the move will help it 'further care for the wellbeing of our vulnerable populations.' … [Read more...] about The towns at risk of being torn apart by coronavirus: Inside the neighbourhoods that are most vulnerable to the killer virus because of their ageing populations – so is your suburb on the list?
By 6 pm, Romanian television was broadcasting live reports of victory rallies attended by thousands in Bucharest. A voice in the studio said that the army was wholly on the side of the people. All strategic points in the country were said to be under the control of the people. … [Read more...] about Romania 1989: Ceaucescu goes down in blood – archive, 1989
As students wait outside an exam room in Seoul’s affluent Gangnam district, the air is tense. A girl in a school uniform rocks a guitar back and forth in her hands next to a boy who stares nervously into his fringe. Another girl sitting on a nearby bench adjusts her crop top. But in a neighbourhood filled with English and maths crammers, this is no normal exam room. Mudoctor Academy is a K-pop training school, where dozens of students between the ages of 12 and 26 line up for their chance to audition for a visiting entertainment scout. … [Read more...] about Exploding the myths behind K-pop