Are we defeated before we’ve begun the fight? | M.A. CAÑELLAS
Last year, my sister and I had a cynical wager that as soon as Christmas loomed this year, a spectacular and scary strain of the Covid virus would suddenly appear like a malevolent genie and we’d all be shut down again. Miracles happen at Christmas, after all, and so it is that the new ‘nu’ virus (hastily re-named Omicron by WHO) has reared its Santa-capped head in time to destroy the festive season. Rumour has it that Nu was replaced because the following letter in the Greek alphabet would have been Xi, and giving the next nasty variant the same name as the Chinese president could have created a diplomatic disaster.