Writings from the plague

Ann Copestake records Cambridge life in the time of COVID-19. Read her posts

About the author

Ann Copestake is Professor of Computational Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is currently Head of the Department of Computer Science and Technology.


March, 21 2020

At about half-past five this evening, I stood for five minutes on the ground floor of the department, listening to the building. Usually, at that time of the week, the building’s own sounds would be drowned out by the noise of its occupants… Read all

April 9, 2020

In a way, the strangest thing is that life is not more strange. Working from home is working from home - the chair, the laptop, the screen are grindingly familiar. The oak desk - bought second-hand forty years ago, in this room for twenty years - perhaps this is the year I finally sand the top to remove the flaky varnish… Read all