Column: Dying to Travel

As the fear of Covid-19 subsides, the urge to travel re-emerges. Airports are packed with passengers, tens of thousands of whom will end up stranded awaiting flights that have been cancelled. Hundreds of thousands will be stuck on highways attempting to make journeys they have planned Continue reading “Column: Dying to Travel”

The Pest

In 1347 a ship from Caffa, a city in the Crimea on the coast of the Black Sea under siege by Mongol attackers, docked in the port of Messina on the eastern coast of Sicily.  Several of the sailors and passengers on board had taken ill during the passage.  The army besieging Caffa Continue reading “The Pest”

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