Weekly Wrap 516: Even the cockatoos are suffering during the COVID-19 lockdown

My week of Monday 13 to Sunday 19 April 2020 saw me write the first proper article in nearly a month. It’s an amazing change. And the weekly podcasts continue. Is this a new pattern?


  • “The 9pm His Plague Diary 6”, being The 9pm Edict episode 102 recorded on Sunday. It’s also on Spreaker and SoundCloud, as well as Apple Podcasts, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, and Spotify.

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Media Appearances

  • I spoke quite a bit about COVID-19 contact tracing apps this week, and not just because I’d written about them,. On Tuesday it was ABC Canberra. On Friday it was ABC Canberra. And on Saturday was the best of the three on ABC Brisbane and ABC Gold Coast which is why I’ve posted a recording. Have a listen.
  • I was also interviewed by the Telegraph in the UK but as I type this the story hasn’t appeared online yet. Update 26 April 2020: However it does seem to have turned up online via the Herald on Sunday in New Zealand, Tracing app may be forced on Aussies. Update 30 April 2020: Found it.
  • I took part in the documentary What happened to the NBN, Australia’s ‘information superhighway’?, an episode of ABC Radio’s history series Rear Vision. It’s rather good.

Corporate Largesse

None, but thanks as always to the new and returning supporters who hit the tip jar.

The Week Ahead

The isolation continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. There will be writing for ZDNet, shopping and errands in Katoomba, another podcast, and a quiet personal moment to mark Anzac Day on Saturday, but nothing has been sketched in more specifically than that.

Further Ahead

It remains to be seen how many of these events will happen.

Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. I doubt that there is, but it’s worth asking.

[Photo: Hungry Cockatoo at Katoomba. The friendly sulphur-crested cockatoos at Katoomba seem to be missing the usual tourists, and are coming up to anyone who pays them some attention. Photographed on 16 April 2020.]