Covid News

Independent Sage.Briefings by some of the UK's best scientists and a lot more informative than official ones.Presentations on Youtube are very good and up to the minute.

Channel 4 News.Had a good pandemic generally,certainly more objective than most. Sky has done ok.

Useful sources on twitter,the only up to the minute source currently;@devisridhar(Prof.Devi Sridhar,Epidemiogologist, UK),@LloydCymru(for daily Welsh figures,teenage numbers machine!),@hughes_eilir (Air Quality and Wise Words, Cymru),@ShelleyMBoulder (buildings/air quality, US),@CorsiIAQ(Dr.Richard Corsi,building environment, US),@chrischirp(Dr.Cristina Pagel,Ind.Sage Epidemiologist, UK), @Orla_Hegarty( Architect,Buildings/Air Quality,Ireland).

Facebook; has proved particularly misleading through the pandemic.Use with care! Bad track record for amplifying right wing and libertarian views, and flogging your data to anyone willing to pay.More data harvester than social service,a nationalised version might be more useful.

News Sources

Ever despaired about the lack of real news or information in the UK press? BBC News continues to be a shadow of it's former self,with flagship programme Newsnight particularly poor.Meanwhile a few other options;

Twitter currently the main route to information.Get it while it lasts.

Nation.Cymru a well written,edited and open platform for news and culture from a Welsh perspective.Can't stop itself going centrist dad when big issues blow up but best of generally poor Welsh media

Byline Times is publishing a monthly newspaper.Bit Russia obsessed but employing more journalists of late as cash allows.

LRB producing fortnightly paper that's a mixture of great analysis,history and analysis and lost with the poetry fairies!

The Guardian, post their Edward Snowden meltdown, continues to be dubious to misleading.Bigger on shopping than news.

Wikipedia still v.good depsite Jimmy Wales' centrist dad tendancies.

Novara Media probably best of newer lefty online sites with good online discussion and analysis

The BBC website certainly still has volume and some good output Eg From Our Own correspondant.The Food Programme never going to recapture the Derek Cooper days but not bad sometimes.

David McWilliams ( v.good on economics and global perspectives.

Up to date articles on all sorts of issues, including peak oil, from a global prespective,

Tim Lang remains prominent on food security issues,several books and twitter output.

Chatham House panel published summary of work looking at UK Food Supply 2009.Despite their establishment image they don't appear complacent about serious food security and supply issues

The Organic Growers Alliance produces a quality mag for professional growers and a useful forum online (

Evil facebook hosts a UK Market Gardeners group.Facebook is generally a poor and misleading source of news.

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