Transmittable Stories

Tim Dunlop
An account of relocation during Covid
Created 30 Aug 2021
  • Covid no longer a story, apparently
    10 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 11 9
    The Europe correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Bevan Shields, has a piece this morning singing the praises of “opening up”. “Thankfully, the brave new post-vaccination world actua...
  • Vax as part of the global exoskeleton
    08 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 6 5
    Tanya has been sick the last few days, laid low with a virus: not that virus, I hasten to add. It’s a nasty bug, whatever it is, but hopefully she will be out about again soon. At least hanging around...
  • "The national sport of France"
    05 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 6 2
    I heard my favourite new French phrase this week, when I was invited to partake: breakfast Rosé. D’accord. We had it along with this lovely sweet/savoury slice, a version of a snack taken into the fie...
  • Living with Covid in Nice 3
    01 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 7 10
    Some quick notes on the reality of ‘opening up’. We were talking with a local business owner yesterday and she was explaining the way in which public transport here is patrolled by plain-clothes inspe...
  • La Femme du Boulanger
    27 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 13 9
    We live, we are constantly told, in bubbles. On social media, in politics, in our suburbs, our cities, our countries. Our class, our profession. Tribes, parochialisms, identities. Divisions, distincti...
  • The suddenly truncated story of the pass sanitaire
    26 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 11 3
    If you’ve been following along, you will know the importance of the pass sanitaire, the Covid vaccination certificate without which you cannot participate in everyday life in France—despite the variab...
  • Well, how did I get here?
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 8 11
    I’m conscious of not bombarding people with posts, but I wanted to get this one done as it is a key matter I wanted to write about here, and because a number of people have asked that I explain the pr...
  • Going away to come home
    23 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 17 8
    I am sitting in a room in an apartment in Nice, and in the next room I can hear my son on the phone, speaking in French. When he arrived in the city less than a year ago, when he accepted a contract w...
  • Living with Covid in Nice 2
    22 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 7 10
    Another bunch of tourists about to land Once you get over the obvious comparisons with the lockdown situation we left at home––enjoying the novelty of shops, theatres, and cafes mostly open; the absen...
  • Liberté, Égalité, Beyoncé
    19 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    The first thing I heard was Beyonce’s song Formation. Coming from outside. Then it was drowned out by whistles and drums. Then I heard the chanting. At first it was in the distance. Then, in an instan...
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