Daily Archives: November 17, 2020

INTERVIEW: David Lammy: ‘You can be critical of your country and still love it’ – The Guardian UK

Interview  – Sun 15 Nov 202 – The Guardian UK
Illustration: Lyndon Hayes/The Observer – David Lammy has Guyanese roots

The Labour MP talks about belonging, Brexit and Caribbean comfort food

“I make sure I know where all the new Caribbean restaurants and takeaways are,” says David Lammy, “because there are times I need a certain type of comfort food. Somewhere like this is almost umbilical for me. It’s the food my mum used to cook.”

We are in One Love Kitchen, in Finsbury Park, north London, which began life in a city street-food market and opened here just in time for lockdown. While Uber Eats riders come and go clutching bagged orders, and locals queue for something from the invitingly smoky grill, Her Majesty’s shadow minister for justice is deliberating between the jerk chicken and brown stew. Actually, “umbilical” is almost literally right, he suggests with a laugh as he opts for the former, because he was conceived a couple of streets away from here, where his parents had a bedsit.        Continue reading

US POLITICS: How Trump Sold Failure to 70 Million People – Dr. James Hamblin | The Atlantic 

The president convinced many voters that his response to the pandemic was not a disaster. The psychology of medical fraud is simple, timeless, and tragic.

  Dr. James Hamblin | The Atlantic 

At some basic level, Americans do seem to agree that the coronavirus is a major threat. Despite attempts to politicize and divide us on the pandemic, we are at least united in anxiety. In September, a survey of almost 4,000 Americans found that only 12 percent disagreed with requiring masks in public. Fully 70 percent wanted the government to do more to protect people, and only 8 percent wanted it to do less.         Continue reading

OPINION: Words of Wisdom…. as my friend crossed 70 and heading for 80

A friend wrote:

I asked one of my friends who has crossed 70 and is heading to 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself?
He sent me the following very interesting lines, which I would like to share with you ….

#1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.

#2 I just realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
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