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Totnes Town Council Bans Anti-Vaxxers conference in Totnes. A week later Anti-Vaxxers  and other protestors stop Totnes traffic

A BBC television documentary in 2021 described Totnes (population 8400) as “fiercely independent.” Continue reading 



A Major Health Drama in the Family. Wednesday evening, 3 November 2021 marks an emergence from an emergency

Two months ago, I had to make a 999 Emergency Call so the operator could inform Torbay Hospital, my local hospital, to send an ambulance for Nshorna, my daughter. Her emergency began around 7 am on Sunday, 6 September 2021. Continue reading 



How to take Lateral Flow Test for Covid. Some useful instructions

I decided to take a lateral flow test for Covid. I have no symptoms of Covid but wish to familiarise myself with the process as I start to travel more. I asked a person in the hospitality industry who takes a lateral flow test twice a week. The person kindly gave a basic guidance of the general sequence of the process from start to finish.

In the UK, you go to your local pharmacist, complete a form on your mobile phone, and you will receive a blue package for seven tests. The box contains detailed instructions and there is also an online video available.

The guide below for the flow test might serve as an additional support. Please note it is not a professional list of instructions.

Useful Points for Lateral Flow Test

  1. Empty fluid with cap to twist into test-tube.
  2. Place test tube in the hold in the packaging.
  3. Use mobile phone torch to see back of throat.
  4. Take swab to membranes on both sides of the throat.
  5. Use swab and move slowly up one nostril until you reach point of no further.
  6. Take eight seconds for all three areas and keep turning swab in all three areas.
  7. Turn swab all the time. Rotate swab around the nostril several times.
  8. Mix swab with fluid in test tube for 15 seconds.
  9. Secure the dripper lid of test tube.
  10. Place two drops of fluid from test tube into the hole marked S on test strip.
  11. Remember you need to invert and squeeze the two drops.
  12. Make sure the test strip is placed flat.
  13. The test is complete after 30 mins.
  14. A line at C confirms the test is valid. A second line at T means you are Covid-19 positive.
  15. If tested positive, self-isolate for 10 days to protect others.
  16. Advise your clinic/physician.

Be Mindful. Covid is still highly infectious whether you have had both jabs, one jab or neither.

STAY WELL.



Can an individual transcend suffering while surrounded by collective suffering? One of the questions from a meditator.

Around 90 participants joined all or part of four days of Dharma teachings/practices in the Australian time zone between 24-28 September 2021 with Samantha from Melbourne and myself.

Meditators had the opportunity to ask questions either directly on Zoom, via the Zoom Chat column or by writing us an email. Continue reading 



Three Residential Retreats at the Waldhaus Zentrum, Andernach, Germany between 12-24 October 2021. Do join.

I offer three consecutive mindfulness/insight meditation retreats at the Waldhaus Buddhist Zentrum near Andernach, Germany from 12 – 24 October 2021.

There are two five-day retreats and one weekend retreat.

The third retreat from 22-24 October was added yesterday. There are currently plenty of spaces.  The weekend retreat may not be on the website.

If you would like to join, please email the Waldhaus Centre below to book a place.
The retreats consist of comprehensive mindfulness/meditation instructions in sitting, walking, standing/reclining, inter-views with myself, inquiry, questions and answers and a daily talk. Silence is a major feature of these retreats. Suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

Waldhaus website will provide residential costs. The teacher invites donations at the end of the retreat to support the ongoing teaching.

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