May 12th, 2020 | 29 mins 53 secs
boris johnson, chris dolan, coronavirus, covid-19, glasgow, lockdown, nicole sturgeon, scotland, scotland covid-19, social distance
What happens when you have one state containing four countries and one of them starts to relax lockdown rules before the other three, even as infection rates continue rising? Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are about to find out. The UK government led by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on May 10th that restrictions would begin to ease, kind of, but kind of not. Well, maybe.
Confused? You're not alone. From Scotland, writer Chris Dolan gives me his perspective on the Scottish response to the muddled message emerging from Westminster, as well as his personal thoughts on how we might shape the future world into which we're now headed.
May 5th, 2020 | 36 mins 36 secs
amanda hargreaves, coronavirus, covid-19, italia, italy, lockdown, rome, scots abroad, springtime in rome
It's the first day of post-lockdown life in Italy. I say post-lockdown life, but partial post-lockdown life is probably a more accurate description. Travel within your own region is allowed, as are visits to relatives provided you wear a mask. Radio producer and translator Amanda Hargreaves takes me on a walk to the fruit shop to get oranges in warm sunshine and we chat about lockdown haircuts, traffic jams and what the future might or might not look like.