Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I assume methadone distribution (or modern equivalent) continues as well…

    Even better, the lockdown has finally got naloxone widely distributed – because nobody wants emergency staff tied up with overdose cases.

    It's remarkable how many things look sensible now ...

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Nat Curnow,

    A sympathetic wind and I suspect, a tap on the gas, we landed at 9.02 pm, declarations, filled and signed, passports checked and an unnervingly long wait for the bags to roll down the turnstile and I was there, I had slid under the door as it slammed shut in a cloud of dust, There was an image in my head of Indiana Jones and the very real image of the reason and purpose of my determined intent. I had conspired with life, was I prepared? probably.

    Fabulous. I saw you there with K on Facebook and wondered how it had happened. Thanks for the story, e hoa.

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Went out for a walk today, more people walking in the neighbourhood than usual, people carefully keeping distance, walking into the street – but absolutely everyone said “hi!” and smiled

    It's the same in our neighbourhood. And the really cool part of the daily bike-ride is that it's not only possible to ride down the middle of the damn road – it's the responsible thing to do!

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Neil,

    Yes, some unexpected consequences. Less meth consumption will free up resources in EDs and acute mental health units. As people high on meth pose significant risk to health professionals that’s one safety issue that should reduce dramatically.

    I think there's also the prospect of restricted access to drugs (including the legal ones) driving drug-seeking behaviour that increases transmission risks. We want to keep people stable, not throw them into withdrawal.

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    Thursday morning rush hour on the northwestern motorway.

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    From yesterday afternoon: the suitably-distanced queue for last orders at Westmere Butchery.

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to BenWilson,

    Suggestion for Russell. Start another honeypot thread which is for discussion rather than community spirited kindness and sharing of experiences, and divert any debate to there.

    Not a bad idea I guess. I'll do something this afternoon.

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Deborah,

    Great to be back, Russell. I’m attribute at least some responsibility for my long term career trajectory to this site. :-)

    Hey, Deborah! Great to have you back! So what you doin' these days?

    ;-)

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  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to Matt Nippert,

    And, look at me, back on the blog comments, after more than a decade away.

    Blogs! They're the next big thing!

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  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    Damn. Covid-19 has claimed Manu Dibango.

    I've had so much joy from this one, truly great great record.

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